Brownfields Redevelopment

posted on January 19th, 2017

On January 19, Kristina Egan, Executive Director of the Greater Portland Council of Governments (GPCOG), joined U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regional Administrator Curt Spalding and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree at Thompson’s Point to announce the availability of $700,000 in Brownfields Assessment and Cleanup funds in the Greater Portland and Sebago Lakes region.

“These funds will not only clean up land in our communities, the resources will lay the groundwork for more jobs and homes on abandoned property,” said Kristina Egan.  “We look forward to collaborating with developers on innovative new projects that will boost the economy and improve the quality of life in the region.” Five years ago, GPCOG invested $60,000 in funds provided by the EPA to assess the environmental constraints associated with redeveloping Thompson’s Point.  On Thursday, investors and policymakers will celebrate the millions of dollars in private investment leveraged by that project.

New funds totaling $700,000 were awarded to GPCOG in 2016.  These funds are now available to conduct the environmental due diligence and cleanup necessary to redevelop industrial and commercial properties in the following target areas:

  • Along the Portland Harbor waterfront and Mountain Division rail line.
  • Sites where the reuse of the property will support the region’s growing food cluster, including sites for food production, warehousing, and distribution.
  • Rural sites at which a reuse is supported by the community, including housing, green space, and economic development.

GPCOG’s previous Brownfields grants have been used to assess the cleanup needs of 265 acres, leveraging over $20 million for redevelopment, including the following sites:

  • Sensata Plant, Standish (complete): $1,000,000 redevelopment of 100,000-square foot manufacturing plant into a local foundry, with additional space for small manufacturers.
  • Nathan Clifford School, Portland (complete):  $7 million redevelopment of historic school into 20 market-rate apartments.
  • Adams School Condos, Portland (complete):  $5.5 million redevelopment of former hand grenade factory into 16 units of energy efficient townhomes for middle income families.
  • South Portland Armory (under construction): $4.6 million redevelopment of South Portland Armory for commercial and community use.
  • Main Street Fire Station, Gray (complete):  Gray’s first municipal office and fire station, this 2,500 square foot building enjoys new life as the home of the Gray Historical Society.

Municipal officials, property owners and developers in Cumberland County with potential Brownfields sites should contact Caroline Paras, GPCOG’s Economic and Community Planner, at 207-774-9891.