After going through an incredibly competitive grant process, eight of the nine Oregon applicants prevailed and will receive $4.4 million from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s brownfield grants and loans program. These grants will support these applicants in doing environmental assessments, sampling and cleanup of brownfields in their communities.
In Oregon, successful recipients include the City of Chiloquin, Clatsop County, Columbia Pacific Economic Development District of Oregon, City of Hillsboro, City of Lincoln City, City of Portland, Rogue Valley Council of Governments and Tillamook County.
A brownfield is a former industrial or commercial site where future use is affected by real or perceived environmental contamination.
Receiving these grants and loans is just the beginning for these communities. They are now tasked with putting together a work plan over the next several months before they kick off their project. Each grant and loan application included a letter of support from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, and we are thrilled to congratulate all of our recipients. Read more about each recipient’s project and a quote from
OREGON’S BROWNFIELD GRANT AND LOAN RECIPIENTS
City of Chiloquin | Cleanup Grant | $402,500
Clean up of the Former Markwardt Brothers Garage Assemblage site in Chiloquin. This site has been unused since the 1980s and funding will support addressing a collapsed building, underground storage tanks and any contamination related to the site’s use as a former auto shop and gas station.
Clatsop County | Assessment Grant | $500,000
Clatsop County will use the funding to identify, inventory, characterize, rank and select existing brownfield sites contaminated with hazardous substances within the County for site-specific assessment, and also develop liability management and remedial strategies that allow for the safe and viable monitoring, redevelopment and/or reuse of the identified properties. Approximately 15 sites were identified throughout Clatsop County in both incorporated and unincorporated areas which includes a former gas station in Seaside as well as an assemblage of abandoned buildings adjacent to a decommissioned Naval base from WWII in Astoria.
Columbia Pacific Economic Development District of Oregon | Revolving Loan Fund | $1,000,000
Columbia Pacific Economic Development District of Oregon will use their funds to provide loans and subgrants to support cleanup activities in the Counties of Tillamook, Clatsop, Columbia, and Western Washington. Priority opportunities would include cleaning former mills sites, former industrials, and other lands that could provide industrial, commercial, or residential lands.
City of Hillsboro | Assessment Grant | $500,000
The City of Hillsboro will use their grant to support the southern portion of Hillsboro’s Downtown Urban Renewal District. Properties in the area have been impacted by historic disinvestment and the perception or suspicion of contamination. The City will prioritize a former rail depot and silo site, a former gas station and car wash, and a former dry cleaner and auto repair site. The grant will include environmental site assessments, cleanup plans and community outreach.
City of Lincoln City | Assessment Grant | $500,000
The City of Lincoln City will be prioritizing brownfield sites identified in the 2020 Underutilized Property Survey with its grant, focusing primarily in the Wecoma, OceanLake, and Nelscott Districts. Already identified priority sites include a former auto shop, former dry cleaner and rock quarry. The grant will support environmental site assessments, cleanup plans, and community outreach activities.
City of Portland | Assessment Grant | $500,000
The City of Portland will focus their brownfield work on East, North and Northeast Portland. The focus areas for this grant are projects that benefit residents of East Portland and North and Northeast Portland. Using grant funds the City will conduct environmental site assessments, create cleanup plans and engage the community.
Rogue Valley Council of Governments | Assessment Grant | $500,000
The Rogue Valley Council of Governments is focusing their work on the Cities of Talent, Phoenix and Medford as well as unincorporated portions of Jackson County. Priority sites include a former truck service and repair station, three former gas stations and a former fruit orchard. Work under this grant will include environmental site assessments, cleanup plans, area-wide plans and community engagement activities.
Tillamook County | Assessment Grant | $500,000
The primary focus of Tillamook County’s assessment work will be housing and health in the built environment. This grant will help carry forward work to assess brownfield properties countywide and engage with community partners to identify opportunities for redevelopment. Tillamook County faces unique buildable land constraints amidst an unprecedented housing crisis, and we must think creatively and take big steps to find solutions. This is a big step towards unlocking underutilized sites for potential future housing and community resources.