The City of Rushville is the lead coalition member in applying for a $460,000 Environmental Protection Agency Brownfields grant. Teaming up with Rush County and the Town of Carthage, the city will work to provide environmental assessments on vacant and underutilized commercial and industrial properties across the entire county. These assessments are the first steps in turning unused sites into projects that create jobs and benefit their communities.
Brownfields are defined as “abandoned, idled, or underused industrial and commercial properties where reuse or redevelopment is complicated by real or perceived contamination.” Assessing these vacant properties is the first step in selling and reusing them. Unfortunately, these assessments can be cost-prohibitive, which is one of the reasons why these buildings face issues like abandonment and tax-delinquency. If the grant is awarded, it will provide funding for a brownfields inventory, Phase I and II Environmental Assessments, and cleanup planning.
The targeted outcome of this grant will be job creation. Once assessed, former commercial and industrial sites that have been lying fallow will be able to be cleaned up, sold, redeveloped, and reused, which will provide the citizens of Rush County with more jobs that are close to home.
The coalition is eager to involve the community in this effort. The coalition encourages the citizens of Rush County to think about which sites they believe are most important to include in the brownfields project and provide input in the form of phone calls and letters to the Rush County ECDC. The grant will be submitted in January 2014.
Contact the Rush County ECDC at 765-938-3232, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, or by sending a letter to Rush County Economic & Community Development Corporation, 210 East U.S. 52, Suite C, Rushville, IN 46173.