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Make vacant land, green space and brownfields productive


"Areas of declining population loss create opportunities for a rebirth of neighborhoods by opening green space for recreation and community functions. Smart, coordinated, land use policy will be critical to our success. ... The County Planning Commission will be directed to coordinate with our communities and representative organizations, including First Suburbs and Northeast Ohio Mayors’ and Managers’ Association, to advance land-use planning policies to recognize current population trends, and use sustainability principles to grow our neighborhoods for long term health, prosperity and quality of life."

Sources:

Ed FitzGerald, "Pursue the Sustainable Economy" campaign policy statement

Subjects: Economy, Environment

Updates:

EPA grant to provide $500,000 for brownfield redevelopment

Updated: Monday, August 22nd, 2011 | By Robert Higgs

As a candidate, Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald touted strategic land use policy as a key component of economic development.

Among his promises was a pledge to make vacant land, green space and brownfields productive.

With brownfields, that can be tricky.

That"s because use of the property can be complicated by the presence of hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants and cleaning up the property is expensive.

In June, the county won a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for brownfield redevelopment. The grant will provide money for Cuyahoga County"s Brownfield Redevelopment Fund, a revolving loan fund established to help clean up sites contaminated with hazardous substances.

The county awards grants and makes low interest loans from the fund to encourage redevelopment, reduce neighborhood blight, enhance green space and create jobs.

Since 2004, it has has invested more than $3.8 million in 12 projects, leveraging over $25 million in additional project investment, according to the county.

Based on obtaining the EPA grant, we set the Fitz-O-Meter for this promise to In the Works.

Sources:

Office of Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald, "County awarded $500,000 for brownfield redevelopment,” June 23, 2011

Ed FitzGerald, "Pursue the Sustainable Economy" campaign policy statement

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Brownfields and Land Revitalization

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