The Time has Come to Change Your Community Filter (Brownfields Article Cont.)

Monday, October 9, 2017

Think about the last time you drove around your community and truly focused on what you saw.  Did you notice the changes that were occurring – the fact that the high school team has signs along the road cheering the team on to victory; the new awnings or light fixtures on one of your local haunts; or the new business that opened up?

Now, think about that same drive but with a different filter / perspective.  Did you notice the commercial building that has sat vacant for more than 20 years or the former industrial site that has had multiple occupants through the years but don’t fully utilize the structure?

We all do it.  We don’t necessarily notice the sites and structures in our community that have themselves struggled for years.  But now is the time to start noticing them and helping to overcome the challenges they face.

The Coalition is hoping to pursue its second EPA Brownfields Assessment grant for use in the four counties it serves.

These funds would allow for an analysis of those sites and structures to determine whether or not there are any contaminants (asbestos, solvents, petroleum, mold, etc.) present at specific locations that might be prohibiting that site / structure from being a vibrant, economic contributor to the community.  Should contaminants be identified, the program can be utilized to develop a clean-up plan for the location.

As was learned from the last three years of conducting such analysis, the locations are often not contaminated, but the perception that there might be contamination halted future development and utilization of that site / structure.

Please click the link below to submit the sites and structures within your community that you have wanted to see turned back into vibrant community contributors.

Submit Brownfields Properties Here

 

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to one of our team members:

Carol <chagedorn@southwestindiana.org >,

Debbie <dbennett@southwestindiana.org>,

Karen <kconia@southwestindiana.org>,

or Wylie <wziegler@southwestindiana.org>)

for additional information.  If there are others within your community that might be able to offer input, please share this message with them.