Atlanta outlines efforts to redevelop brownfields with EPA funds

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“We are committed to investing EPA brownfield funding in the City of Atlanta and areas that have been underserved for years,” Dickens said.

Speaking at the Georgia Brownfield Association meeting at the Atlanta law firm Morris, Manning & Martin on Tuesday, the mayor said for-profit and non-profit developers cannot get bogged down in the bureaucracy as they worked to turn community horrors into strengths. Dickens also said he wants to see more affordable housing and amenities in the city through this program.

The city is already working with Focus Community Strategies to redevelop a site south of Atlanta. Using brownfield funding, Dickens said this area will provide future affordable housing, retail and a restaurant.

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The city also plans to apply for more EPA grants to redevelop the site of the city-owned Chattahoochee Brick Company. The plan is to turn it into a 75-acre park with a memorial for the jail’s inmates — mostly black men — because they suffered abuse working in the field through the prison’s convict hire program. the state.

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“It’s not a new idea,” said Heather Hussey-Coker, executive director of Groundwork Atlanta. “It’s something that has interested and rallied the community for quite a long time, the idea of ​​having public access to this major environmental system, our river.”

Atlanta Department of Planning Deputy Director Jessica Lavandier said the city has five years to use its new RLF grant. She urged people to visit AtlantaGA.gov/brownfields to find out how they can participate.

“It’s a really easy program,” said Lavandier.

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