Recently the City of Janesville was notified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of a successful grant application. Janesville was awarded $200,000 to cleanup and reuse brownfield properties in downtown Janesville and to complete a Brownfields Redevelopment Area Wide Plan.
The focus area of this grant is the Rock Renaissance area, which includes 1.8 miles of downtown waterfront along both sides of the Rock River. The Rock Renaissance area includes nearly 246 acres of land within one or two blocks of the Rock River and more than 60 potential brownfield parcels.
This grant also complements the existing EPA Brownfield Assessment Grant received in 2011. The earlier grant established a Brownfield Advisory Committee, prioritized 20 brownfield sites (out of a potential 200 parcels), and completed Phase I/II assessments on several properties.
For questions about Janesville's receipt of this grant, please contact Al Hulick at 755-3059.
What is a Brownfield?
A brownfield is a piece of property that may have known or perceived contamination which complicates its redevelopment or reuse. Because a brownfield may be a site with only perceived contamination, the actual presence of contaminants must be determined by a carefully planned investigation known as an environmental site assessment. Brownfields are often abandoned, closed or under-used industrial or commercial facilities, such as an abandoned factory in a town's former industrial section or a closed commercial building or warehouse in a suburban setting.