FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 10, 2018
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Town Receives Brownfields Grant to Revitalize Land in New Cassel Community
$300,000 Allocated for Assessments for Hazardous Substances and Petroleum
North Hempstead, NY – Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth and the Town Board recently was awarded two brownfields assessment grants from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The EPA’s Brownfield Program provides assistance to help assess, safely clean up and reuse contaminated properties. This enables properties to be revitalized and put back into use.
“We appreciate the EPA awarding us this grant. It will be a huge benefit to the community of New Cassel and the revitalization of the area,” said Supervisor Bosworth. “Being able to conduct in-depth environmental studies and assessments is pivotal to attract both new residents and developers to fulfill the community’s vision for enhancing community facilities while creating a more attractive, walkable, and livable New Cassel.”
The grant funds will be used to conduct four Phase I and four Phase II environmental site assessments. Funding will also be used to rank brownfield sites, for community outreach as well as to assist in the development of reuse and cleanup plans. For the petroleum grant, funding will be used for the same assessments to assess potential petroleum contamination. The studies will focus on the New Cassel community.
“The grant from the EPA will be helpful in our ongoing efforts for revitalizing the New Cassel community,” said Council Member Russell. “We are looking forward to embarking on the next steps including stimulating the economy and redevelopment.”
The Town will receive $150,000 for hazardous substances and $150,000 for petroleum assessment. North Hempstead was one of six grant awarded in New York State.