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Posted on: April 26, 2018

Southampton Town Receives Sizable EPA Grant To Help Clean Up Brownfields In Riverside

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The Town of Southampton is one of two areas on Long Island and among 144 communities nationally selected for Brownfields Environmental Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund, and Cleanup Grants. The grant totaling $265,000 will provide the Town with funding for Riverside to assess, clean up, and redevelop underutilized properties while protecting public health and the environment.  This grant opportunity comes at a time when a $1 million Restore New York grant was awarded to help stimulate development of two specific sites within the Riverside community.

“Brownfield grants are helping communities throughout our region unlock the unmet economic potential of contaminated and unused lands,” said EPA Regional Administrator Pete Lopez.  “EPA is pleased to be an active partner in promoting the cleanup and reuse of Brownfields properties. Once cleanup is complete, the site can be put to reuse with the potential to bring in valuable private sector development, jobs, and additional tax revenue.”

EPA selected the Town of Southampton to receive two Brownfields Assessment Grants focusing on sites in Riverside, located within the watershed of the Peconic Estuary. The town will receive a $174,500.00 community-wide petroleum grant and a $90,500.00 community-wide hazardous substances grant. The Town of Southampton plans to redevelop 9 blighted properties to alleviate potential health and safety concerns and implement green building designs in an economically viable plan. Grant funds of both types will also be used for community engagement activities and to prioritize sites.

“The Town of Southampton is grateful for the funding and partnership provided by the Environmental Protection Agency with respect to our application for a Community-Wide Brownfield Assessment Grant, following New York State designation of the Hamlet of Riverside as a Brownfield Opportunity Area,” Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman said. “Receipt of this Grant will allow the Town to move forward with further assessment and clean-up of targeted properties as we continue our efforts to transform this economically disadvantaged and blighted Hamlet into a vibrant focal point on the banks of the Peconic River at an important gateway to the Town of Southampton and Long Island’s East End.”

“This is a welcomed shot in the arm to help redevelop the blighted, yet sensitive areas of Riverside,” said Ron Fisher, President of the Flanders, Riverside, Northampton Communities Association (FRNCA). “The funding could not have come at a better time and it’s encouraging the Federal Government recognizes and supports the needs of our community.”

A total of $54.3 million will be provided to Brownfields sites nationwide. The Town of Hempstead was the only other municipality on Long Island to be selected by the EPA for this grant program this year.  

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