The City of Oklahoma City’s Planning Department was awarded a $3.9 million grant from the EPA to help cleanup buildings and sites contaminated by petroleum, hazardous waste and asbestos.
The grant is a part of the City’s Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) program. A few OKC properties that have benefited from Brownfields funding include the First National Building, Steelyard, Oklahoma City Community College’s Capitol Hill campus and the Clara Luper Civil Rights Center.
“The cost of removing contaminants from properties is often cost prohibitive for potential buyers,” said Brownfields Program Coordinator Amanda Alewine. “The land then languishes and eventually becomes an eyesore in the community. These funds provide incentives for people to reinvest in these abandoned and underused properties.”