The City of Marshalltown is in the process of establishing a Brownfields Program which will focus on several areas. This comprehensive program will pull together a number of existing resources available at the local, State and Federal level and use them to improve our Community.
There is a multitude of educational resources available related to Brownfield development through the Iowa DNR and EPA.
A brownfield is a property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. It is estimated that there are more than 450,000 brownfields in the U.S. Cleaning up and reinvesting in these properties increases local tax bases, facilitate job growth, utilizes existing infrastructure, takes development pressures off of undeveloped, open land, and both improves and protects the environment. Source EPA
Partnerships are essential in implementing a successful Brownfields Program. The City has been working with Kansas State University Technical Assistance to Brownfields (KSU TAB) Program to develop resources and identify opportunities.
Funding for Brownfields Development comes in many forms. Public/Private partnerships are important and the City is regularly evaluating funding opportunities.
The EPA has announced the grant recipients for the FY 2021 Brownfields Multipurpose, Assessment and Cleanup Grants. The City of Marshalltown has been awarded $300,000 for community-wide assessments. To view the EPA Press Release CLICK HERE.
Development and redevelopment of Brownfields sites is a great way to bring new life back to a property.
Brownfields sites can require significant investment with respect to assessment, abatement, clean-up and redevelopment. These are costs that may be covered with public or private funding depending on the situation.
The environment is at the heart of any Brownfields Program. Hazardous materials that impact our ground, water and air can all be of concern.
Community and Individual Health can be impacted by Brownfields sites. Hazardous materials such as asbestos and lead based paint are some of the most commonly understood hazards.
The City has administered HUD Lead Based Paint Programs since 2003. During that time we have made hundreds of homes lead safe. To learn more about the current program, CLICK HERE.