City of South Portland -- Brownfields Program
In 2019, the City of South Portland was successful in applying for $300,000 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for community-wide assessment work. As part of this program, the City will identify potential brownfields sites (primarily at former and current industrial sites along the waterfront), conduct Phase I and Phase II environmental site assessments, and prepare cleanup and remediation plans.
Grant funds also will be used by the Brownfields Advisory Team to conduct community engagement, including advertising the program to property owners and holding community meetings.
The target areas for this program include the waterfront neighborhoods of Ferry Village, Knightville, Pleasantdale, and Ligonia.
In the fall of 2019 the City solicited for a Qualified Environemental Professional (QEP) to assist with management of the Brownfields program, and the City subsequently contracted with Ransom Consulting.
What is a Brownfield?
A brownfield is a property where redevelopment or reuse may be complicated by the presence (or potential presence) of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. This may include a commercial, industrial, or residential property. The community has an interest in seeing that these properties are responsibly redeveloped in order to protect the environment, increase the local tax base, facilitate job growth, and potentially create new open space.
Understanding Brownfields (US EPA)
Brownfields Program (Maine DEP)
Participating in the Program
South Portland Program Information
Cooperative Agreement (US EPA & City of South Portland)
Do you own a property that may qualify for Brownfields assessment funding? Do you have questions related to the Brownfields Program? Contact Assistant City Manager Joshua Reny firstname.lastname@example.org or tel. 207-767-7606
Brownfields 101 Webinar: September 1 at 12:00 noon
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