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In an effort to provide a financing source for the reuse of property, the City aggressively pursues federal and state grant funds. Currently Over $1,475,000 in funding is available to assist with addressing environmental issues at brownfield sites ranging from initial due diligence to site cleanup. Funds are available for the following:
Environmental Site Assessments (ESA) -
ESAs are the most common.
Is your bank requiring a Phase 1 to finance your project? If so, we have funds & contractors lined up to help you at no cost. Other assessments are also availabe at no cost as well.
Studies of corridors and other areas with potential brownfield sites
Loans and grants for brownfield cleanup, including lead and asbestos abatement
Typically, residential properties are not eligible, but do not assume we can't help you. If you think your property or a property you are interested in acquiring could benefit from these grants, contact
For more detailed information about the grants, see the descriptions and links below:
Quality Assurance Project Plan
This Generic Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP) was developed to define general quality assurance parameters and procedures for use in the collection, analysis, and evaluation of environmental samples collected as part of the City of Roanoke’s brownfield program. These brownfield sites are located throughout the City and this document establishes a baseline for quality control and assurance practices to be used on these projects. These measures may be modified or added to on a site-specific basis. These additional measures will be included in a site specific Sampling and Analysis Plan (SAP) along with the data quality objectives for the specific project activity.
RLF Subgrant Agreement
This is a Primary Subgrant Agreement for the implementation and administration of a Brownfield Revolving Loan Fund, between the City of Roanoke, Virginia and the Economic Development Authority of the City of Roanoke, Virginia, an industrial development authority organized and existing under the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia. This Agreement is dated September 3, 2009.
Memorandum of Understanding
The purpose of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is to outline conditions for a working relationship between the City of Roanoke and the Recipient of Program services, for the performance of various activities on and/or concerning the subject property.
EPA Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Pilot Project Grant
EPA has selected the City of Roanoke for a 2010 Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Pilot Project Grant. EPA is piloting an area-wide planning approach to community brownfield challenges, which recognizes that revitalization of the area surrounding the brownfield site(s) is just as critical to the successful reuse of the property as assessment, cleanup, and redevelopment of an individual site. The pilot program will help further community-based partnership efforts within underserved or economically disadvantaged neighborhoods by confronting local environmental and public health challenges related to brownfields, while creating a planning framework to advance economic development and job creation. Roanoke was one of 23 localities chosen for this pilot grant.
EPA Hazardous Substances Assessment Grants
EPA has selected the City of Roanoke for a 2010 Brownfields Assessment Grant. Community-wide hazardous substances grant funds will be used to conduct five Phase I and three Phase II environmental site assessments. Grant funds also will be used to inventory and prioritize brownfields in at least two targeted corridors, and support community outreach activities.
EPA has awarded the City of Roanoke three brownfields assessment grants since 2006 totaling of $600,000. These funds have been and are now available to public, private, and non-profit entities to perform Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments, cleanup planning, and related activities.
EPA Petroleum Assessment Grant
EPA has selected the City of Roanoke for two brownfields assessment grants. Hazardous substances grant funds will be used to conduct community outreach activities, perform Phase I and II environmental site assessments, and develop cleanup plans for sites along the Roanoke River and in the South Jefferson Redevelopment Area.
Petroleum grant funds will be used to perform the same tasks at sites in the same target areas with potential petroleum contamination.
EPA Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) grants
EPA has awarded the City of Roanoke a brownfields revolving loan fund grant ($1,200,000). The grant will be used to capitalize a revolving loan fund from which the City of Roanoke will provide loans and subgrants to support cleanup activities at brownfield sites.
Previously awarded EPA grants
The City of Roanoke received a brownfield cleanup grant in 2008 for cleanup of the former Virginia Scrap site at 1620 Jefferson Street, S.E. ($200,000). Grant funds were site specific and used for cleanup, oversight and community outreach. This grant is now closed.
The City of Roanoke received a Brownfield Job Training Grant in 2007 for the training of and placement of 45 students in environmental jobs. The training program provided 270 hours of course work in hazardous waste operations and response, sampling techniques, lead and asbestos abatement, and OSHA general and construction training. This grant is now closed.
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