A Brownfields Forum was held at GPCOG on December 2, 2015
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A Brownfields site is defined as “real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.” In August 2009, GPCOG was awarded $400,000 in stimulus funds from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to conduct environmental assessments on sites in Cumberland County contaminated by hazardous substances and/or petroleum. One of the conditions of receiving stimulus funds was the capacity to spend at least one-third of the funds in just 12 months. Through a partnership with Credere LLC, an environmental consulting firm based in Westbrook, this goal was successfully met by the August 2010 deadline. To date, seven sites have been enrolled in the program:
- Bridgton Memorial School, a 20-acre downtown parcel built on the site of the Bridgton and Saco River narrow gauge rail yard.
- Town-owned properties on Shaker Road in Gray, a 1.71-acre parcel prominently sited in the village on the site of a former gas station.
- Greater Maine Auto Auction facility, a 23.7-acre parcel located on Route 202 in Gray at Maine Turnpike Exit 63.
- Main Street Fire Station in Gray, a .11-acre parcel in the village that will be reused as the new home of the Gray Historical Society.
- Former Public Works site in Windham, a .23-acre parcel in the historic town farm district adjacent to a new four-lot residential subdivision.
- Adams School in Portland, a 1.5-acre site of a former grenade factory, now slated for 16 units of housing to be developed by AVESTA Housing.
- Thompson’s Point, a 30-acre site adjacent to I-295 and the Portland Transportation Center. Under consideration is a $100 million mixed-use redevelopment, including a convention center, concert hall, two office buildings, a hotel, parking garage, and greenspace.
On June 6, 2011, GPCOG received another $400,000 in assessment funds. In 2011-2012, we closed out $400,000 in Brownfields Assessment grants, which assisted seven properties on 59.3 acres in Bridgton, Gray, Portland, and Windham, leveraging $107,007,000 in public and private financing for redevelopment.
The Brownfields program is a win-win for local governments, property owners, and developers in our region. From the old rail yard to the corner gas station, EPA Brownfields funding has allowed us to identify risks and outline costs associated with the productive reuse of commercial properties that are both reasonable and predictable. Our new RLF program will give us one more tool in our arsenal to facilitate redevelopment from the ground up. Under previous funding cycles, GPCOG was awarded two $400,000 grants from the EPA Brownfields program to conduct environmental assessments on sites in Cumberland County contaminated by hazardous substances and petroleum products. Projects in Gray, Standish, Bridgton, Windham and Portland included the following properties:
- Adams School, a 1.5 acre site in Portland currently under construction by Avesta Housing as 16 energy-efficient townhomes for middle income families.
- Thompson’s Point, a 27.5 acre peninsula in Portland slated for redevelopment as a $100+ million mixed use commercial and entertainment complex.
- Sensata plant in Standish, a 100,000 square foot facility vacant since 2007 but under contract for expansion by a local manufacturing company.
- Bridgton Memorial School, a 20-acre downtown parcel built on the site of the former Bridgton and Saco River narrow gauge rail yard.
- Town-owned properties on Shaker Road in Gray, a prominent 1.71-acre parcel in the village targeted for redevelopment by the Liberty Foundation.
- Main Street Fire Station in Gray, a 0.11-acre parcel now home to the Gray Historical Society.