Mesa, AZ – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that Mesa is among three Arizona cities and 171 communities nationwide receiving brownfields funding to clean and redevelop contaminated properties, boost local economies and leverage jobs while protecting public health and the environment. The City is receiving two $200,000 grants that will be used to assess properties along the 1.9 mile Gilbert Road Light Rail Extension route that will travel across Main Street.
“Receiving the Brownfields Assessment grants allows Mesa to not only protect the environment and public health, but foster new job growth opportunities along the light rail extension,” City Manager Chris Brady said.
Mesa was also awarded two $200,000 Brownfields Assessment grants in 2011 for environmental site assessments along the 3.1 mile extension of the light rail system currently under construction along Main Street between Sycamore and Mesa Drive.
Tucson and South Tucson are the other Arizona cities receiving Brownfields Assessment grants. Since the inception of the EPA’s Brownfields program in 1995, cumulative brownfield program investments have leveraged more than $21 billion from a variety of public and private sources for cleanup and redevelopment activities. These investments have resulted in approximately 93,000 jobs nationwide.