Beaverton hopes $400k will help scour potential brownfield sites
By Andy Giegerich
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
The Ava Roasteria coffee shop sits on a now-clean brownfield in Beaverton.
Beaverton officials said Wednesday they've collected $400,000 in federal grants that will help the city assess brownfield sites.
The money comes from the Environmental Protection Agency and will help Beaverton launch its new Brownfields Redevelopment Program. Brownfields are former industrial or commercial property sites that have become contaminated yet, upon clean-up, can become redeveloped for new uses.
“Our goal in seeking these funds is to be proactive in helping business and property owners properly handle site challenges,” said Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle. “This funding will help us with that effort.”
Beaverton had already redeveloped a site containing an old Texaco station into a development containing the Ava Roasteria coffee shop.
The city is working with Oregon State Rep. Tobias Read to push a handful of site clean-up measures through the legislature. Read, who represents Beaverton and chairs the House Transportation and Economic Development committee, told Sustainable Business Oregon last month such work is an across-the-aisle priority as lawmakers seek to find more useable industrial sites
Beaverton's economic development team has pledged to help businesses, including software development and food processing outfits, expand to converted brownfield sites,
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