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November 16, 2005
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Marc Wullschlager, Urban Development, 441-7606

Seng Accepts EPA Grant To Help With 48th And "O" Redevelopment

Mayor Coleen J. Seng today accepted a $128,200 federal grant to conduct environmental assessment activities at the 48th and “O” street redevelopment area.

“This is great news for our community,” Mayor Seng said. “This grant will help Lincoln rebuild this area as a thriving center of jobs and commerce.”

James Gulliford, EPA Regional Administrator from Kansas City, presented the check to Mayor Seng. “Brownfield environmental solutions opens doors for economical revitalization,” Gulliford said. “We are pleased to be able to assist Lincoln in their endeavors.”

Lincoln will use the funds to conduct site assessments and develop a plan for cleaning up any contaminants. Lincoln was the only Nebraska community to receive one of the grants announced nationwide in May. The EPA Brownfields assessment grant is the first Lincoln has won.

The grant is from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Brownfields Program. Brownfields are properties where redevelopment or reuse of the land may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant or contaminant.

Grant funds will be used to conduct from eight to ten Phase I site assessments and up to six Phase II site assessments, and plan remedial actions for the 41.7-acre site located in the urban inner core of the city. Funds also will be used for community outreach activities. City Urban Development officials will work with representatives from EPA Region 7 to put together a work plan for the assessment area.

“The busy corner of 48th and ‘O’ is right in the middle of Lincoln, but has deteriorated to the point of being unproductive, ” Mayor Seng said. “I am glad we were successful in obtaining this federal assistance to help enhance that area.”

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