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News Releases from Region 05

EPA Awards $200,000 Brownfield Grant for Redevelopment Planning in Indianapolis, Ind.

Contact Information: 
Rachel Bassler (bassler.rachel@epa.gov)

For Immediate Release: No. 16-OPA053

CHICAGO (Jan. 5, 2017) U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced a $200,000 Brownfield grant to the Near East Area Renewal to fund a cleanup and redevelopment plan for the former Thompson Electronics/former GE Sherman Park, in Indianapolis. The funding will help the community recover from natural disasters and plant closures.

“EPA’s Brownfield grant will help spur revitalization efforts in the Indy East Promise Zone which is now home to vacant or abandoned former industrial properties,” said Region 5 Acting Superfund Director Douglas Ballotti.

The City of Indianapolis, John Boner Community Centers, Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Englewood Community Development Corp., Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, Near East Side Community Organization, and Riley Area Development Corp. will use the funding to coordinate planning to redevelop the 3,600-acre urban district federally designated as the Indy East promise zone. Their goal is to boost employment opportunities, create healthy commercial corridors, improve community access, and address environmental justice concerns.

More information on the grant recipient: https://www.epa.gov/brownfields/types-brownfields-grant-funding

More information on the Partnership for Sustainable Communities: https://www.sustainablecommunities.gov/