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Wayne County gets $2M in grants for Brownfield sites

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Wayne County has been awarded $2 million in grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to support its efforts in cleaning up and repurposing unused and polluted lands, known as brownfields. This funding is a significant boost to the county’s mission to turn these neglected sites into valuable community spaces.

The grants include a $1 million Brownfield Coalition Assessment Grant, aimed at helping Wayne County identify and prepare for the redevelopment of these sites. Another $1 million will fund a Brownfield Revolving Loan Fund, offering loans for cleaning up and developing these areas. The Wayne Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) will oversee the use of these funds, accelerating the transformation of abandoned properties into productive ones.

This investment builds on Wayne County’s commitment to environmental restoration, demonstrated by its progress since conducting a Derelict Property Study in 2017. With previous grants, the county has already conducted numerous studies and cleanups, showing its dedication to creating a healthier and more vibrant community through the redevelopment of brownfields.