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Moulton, LEAD Team Announce $300,000 in Brownfields Grants

June 2nd, 2017

Grants will fund critical assessment and remediation, as well as spur economic development in the city

Salem, MA – Congressman Seth Moulton (D-MA), along with the Lynn Economic Advancement and Development (LEAD) team, a cross-governmental working group that will promote community revitalization in the city of Lynn, announced today that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded two Brownfields grants, totaling $300,000, to the City of Lynn for critical cleanup efforts.

The EPA awarded the Economic Development and Industrial Corporation of Lynn two Brownfields assessment grants, including:

  • A $200,000 grant to assess the prevalence of hazard substances on six sites across Lynn, and prepare a cleanup plan.
  • A $100,000 remediation grant to clean up 870 Western Avenue, a former gas station and automotive service facility site. Its soil and groundwater are contaminated with petroleum hydrocarbons. The grant will also be used for community outreach activities and redevelopment planning.

“This grant is yet another testament to the strength of the LEAD team,” said Congressman Seth Moulton. “These sites, saddled by years of oil and chemical contamination, are an albatross around the neck of Lynn, and pose a serious threat to the city’s environmental and economic health. Brownfields funds help transform dirty, dormant properties into new businesses and homes, stimulating much needed jobs and tax revenue for Lynn. I look forward to continued partnership with the LEAD team as we continue to invest in our community and our future.”

“The awards from the EPA are a direct result of the continued collaboration between local, state and federal officials, as part of the LEAD team initiative. These grants are the first step which will ultimately lead to the redevelopment of these sites and the continued revitalization of the city,” said Secretary Jay Ash.

“Thank you to Congressman Moulton for leading the efforts to secure funding to assess and clean up the contaminated brownfield sites allows these properties to be ready for redevelopment,” said Senator Thomas M. McGee. “It is a critically important step that the needs of these sites be addressed in order for anticipated plans and initiatives, which are expected to attract private investment, increase residential development, expand the diversity of the housing stock, create jobs, and generate tax revenues, to move forward.”

“EDIC was pleased to work in conjunction with Congressman Seth Moulton in applying for these two EPA grants. These grants will enable us to cleanup one site that was a former gas station and also identify other contaminated sites for future clean up projects. We are very appreciative to receive these critical grants,” said James Cowdell, Executive Director EDIC.

Members of the LEAD team include Governor Charlie Baker, Congressman Seth Moulton (D-MA), Massachusetts Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash, Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Matthew Beaton, Massachusetts Secretary of Transportation Stephanie Pollack, Lynn Mayor Judy Flanagan Kennedy, Massachusetts State Senator Thomas M. McGee, and Massachusetts State Representatives Daniel Cahill, Brendan Crighton, Lori Ehrlich, and Donald Wong.

To learn more about Congressman Seth Moulton visit https://moulton.house.gov or connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Medium.

 

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