Prioritize use of grant funds on property that will attract investors and become a catalyst for new employment opportunities and a sustainable job base.
Promote infill development that maximizes use of existing space, infrastructure and utilities.
Remove redevelopment barriers by addressing unknown site conditions and creating shovel ready sites.
Invest in sites that will generate public and private revenue.
Transform blighted areas into thriving neighborhoods.
Protect public health and the environment.
Promote public participation and input on priority redevelopment areas and sites.
Brownfield Assessment Grant
In 2019, Cochise County won a $600,000 Brownfield Assessment grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to transform underutilized properties from liabilities into assets that revitalize our communities and bring our neighborhoods back to life. In 2022, the county received an additional $500,000, and the program was extended to 2026.
Cochise County manages the grant with assistance from environmental consulting teams Terracon and Stantec Consulting Services Inc. (Stantec).
WHO: Community members and property owners are needed to nominate properties with redevelopment potential.
WHAT: Revitalize vacant and underutilized (“brownfield”) properties to benefit the community, including job creation, increased property values, environmental restoration, and reduced health risks.
HOW: Funding will be used to inventory and prioritize brownfield sites for redevelopment, assess existing site conditions, and plan to clean up and reuse priority sites throughout our communities.
WHEN: October 2019 through September 2026
WHERE: The grant will be used to assess selected properties located initially in Bisbee, Douglas, and Sierra Vista, but if funding is available, other locations in Cochise County as well, including unincorporated areas.
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