By Donita Naylor
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Brownfields in Providence, Pawtucket and Central Falls will share $1 million in cleanup grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the R.I. congressional delegation announced early Thursday.
The grants will allow the brownfields, which are contaminated properties, to be safely cleaned and redeveloped. Some of the funding will pay for community outreach.
In Providence, the I-195 Redevelopment Commission will get $200,000 to clean up Parcel 30 of the I-195 Redevelopment District, also known as “The Link.” Before Route 195 was built in the 1950s, a jewelry manufacturer contaminated the site with volatile organic compounds.
In Pawtucket, the Pawtucket Central Falls Development Corporation will get $600,000 to clean three parcels on Branch and East streets. The properties, which are now vacant, were used for residences from the 1800s through the 1970s. They are contaminated with metals and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.
In Central Falls, $200,000 will go to clean up 1420 Broad St., which was contaminated with arsenic and dangerous material in its past as a plant, an automotive repair facility and other enterprises.
The EPA estimates that every dollar invested in brownfield cleanup yields nearly $18 in new jobs, land that can be developed and increased property values.
The grants were announced by U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and U.S. Representatives Jim Langevin and David Cicilline.
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