EPA Region 7 Presents $500,000 Check to Flint Hills Area Council of Kansas After Selection for Brownfields Grant

Grant funding will target sites in the Kansas communities of Junction City, Manhattan and Ogden

LENEXA, KAN. (JUNE 8, 2022) – Today in Junction City, Kansas, DeAndr, director of the EPA Region 7 Land, Chemical and Redevelopment Divisione Singletary presented big $500,000 novelty check to Brownfields grant applicant Flint Hills Regional Council Inc.

The Geary County Commission hosted the ceremony in its chambers. Singletary and members of the Flint Hills Regional Council (FHRC) Board of Directors were joined by Geary County Commissioners and invited leaders from across the region.

The FHRC has been selected for community-wide assessment work and the development of reuse plans for the Kansas cities of Junction City, Manhattan, and Ogden, as well as other sites and areas in the Flint Hills area. Priority assessment sites in the three cities include: historic downtown Junction City along the Republican River; Manhattan’s Central East and Midtown neighborhoods; and the Riley Avenue Revitalization Area in Ogden.

“This Brownfields grant is an important step toward revitalizing the rural Flint Hills communities of Junction City, Manhattan, Ogden and others,” Singletary said. “We are proud to partner with the Flint Hills Regional Council, and we share their commitment to improving rural economies through reuse and redevelopment. »

“This project pre-dates my arrival, so thanks and appreciation for a tremendous effort to our regional planner, Janna Williams, and our consultant, Stantec,” said FHRC Executive Director Jerry Lonergan.

“The region welcomes the support and long-term partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency,” said Trish Giordano, chairwoman of the Geary County commission. “This is another example of the value of collaboration in revitalizing, sustaining and growing rural areas. The expected results will benefit Flint Hills residents and business, property, and building owners by creating an inventory of community assets, tracking market trends, and detailing opportunities for redevelopment.

This grant is part of $254.5 million in Brownfields grants for 265 selected communities. These grants are supported by President Biden’s bipartisan Infrastructure Act, which provides a total of $1.5 billion to advance environmental justice, spur economic revitalization and create jobs by cleaning up brownfields that are contaminated, polluted or dangerous.

Background

A brownfield is a property whose expansion, redevelopment or reuse may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant or contaminant. The redevelopment made possible through the program includes everything from grocery stores and affordable housing to health centers, museums, greenways and solar farms.

The next National Brownfields Training Conference will be held August 16-19, 2022 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Offered every two years, this conference is the largest gathering of stakeholders focused on the cleanup and reuse of former commercial and industrial properties. EPA is co-sponsoring this event with the International City/County Management Association (ICMA). Registration is open on line.

Learn more about Brownfields Grants and EPA Brownfields Program.

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