Orange County projects get grant funding for brownfield remediation
RICHMOND, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Two projects in Orange County are among six across Virginia getting Site Remediation Grants.
Governor Glenn Youngkin announced $1.76 million in grant funding from the Virginia Brownfields Restoration and Economic Redevelopment Assistance Fund on Wednesday.
According to a release, these funds can be given in either grants or loans to local governments to restore and redevelop brownfield sites and address environmental problems or obstacles to their reuse.
This all aims to improve the chance that a location can attract new economic development prospects.
“Redeveloping brownfield sites is a critical step to enhance community infrastructure and effectively attract economic development, and the Virginia Brownfields Restoration and Economic Redevelopment Assistance Fund is an important vehicle that helps localities across the Commonwealth meet this goal,” said Youngkin. “We are taking proactive steps to remediate properties and drive future economic growth and are proud to support rural development in the City of Danville, the Town of Floyd, the City of Martinsville, Orange County, and the Town of Pound with these grants.”
Brownfield is used to describe properties in which redevelopment or reuse is complicated by hazardous materials, pollution or contaminants.
The release says the grant funding will cover efforts to remediate a contaminated property to remove hazardous substances and waste, demolish and remove existing structures, and other site work necessary to make the location or property useable again.
“Rehabilitating brownfields is an excellent example of how environmental cleanup can go hand in hand with economic development, resulting in improvements for the community and for the Commonwealth,” said Travis A. Voyles, Secretary of Natural and Historic Resources.
The first Orange County project concerns the former Virginia Metal Industries property. It is getting a grant of $500,000.
The second project is the former Earl’s Glass Shop, and the Orange County Economic Development Authority is getting $183,000 for it.
Other projects are in Danville, Floyd, Martinsville and Pound.
These grants are administered by the Virginia Resources Authority through a partnership between the Virginia Economic Development Partnership and the Department of Environmental Quality.
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