Baltimore gets $400,000 to redevelop brownfields

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday that it is awarding $400,000 to the Baltimore Development Corp. to evaluate potentially contaminated property in the city for cleanup and redevelopment.

The BDC, the city's economic development agency, is to receive two grants of $200,000 each after Oct. 1 to assess sites for contamination with hazardous substances or specifically with petroleum products.

Shawn M. Garvin, the EPA's Mid-Atlantic regional administrator, said the grant funding is intended to serve as a catalyst for urban revitalization. He noted that the agency has given the city $1.6 million in brownfields redevelopment grants since 1995.

The announcement was made at 1111 Light St. in Federal Hill, a $35 million residential and office redevelopment of a former department store where arsenic in the soil and an old underground fuel tank complicated the project, said Gary Suskauer, the BDC's brownfields program director.

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