PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The Ocean State will receive $1 million in brownfield grants from the Environmental Protection Agency to help with environmental cleanup, the Rhode Island Congressional Delegation announced Thursday.
Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, as well as Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline, were involved in the announcement.
The grants will help to improve and restore brownfields — areas that have been contaminated by hazardous substances — in Providence, Pawtucket, and Central Falls.
“This federal brownfield funding can play a key role in unlocking local redevelopment opportunities and restoring these sites to productive use,” said Reed. “Not only will this federal investment help protect public health and the environment, but it will also allow communities to work in partnership to revitalize these sites and strengthen the local economy.”
The grant will help clean up hazardous materials where people want to develop — including the former 195 land in Providence.
“The $1 million in EPA Brownfield grants coming into Rhode Island will support jobs, improve environmental conditions and clear the way for future development in previously blighted areas,” said Langevin. “The I-195 land in particular presents an exciting opportunity for economic growth in the capital city, and I am thrilled these EPA funds will be used in part to clean up the area and make it more attractive for economic revitalization.”
According to a press release, the 195 Redevelopment Commission will receive $200,000 to clean up Parcel 30 in Providence, while the Pawtucket Central Falls Development Corporation will receive $600,000 to clean up land on Branch and East Streets in Pawtucket.
Central Falls will receive $200,000 to restore a former manufacturing plant on Broad Street.
“Cleaning up these brownfields is a win for our environment, public health, and economy,” said Whitehouse. “This funding will help Providence, Pawtucket, and Central Falls clean up several contaminated properties, making them safe and healthy places to live and do business. Congratulations to all three communities on securing these grants.”