A $200,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will help launch a study to revitalize Portland’s East Bayside neighborhood.
The area has been home to warehouses and empty lots. In the past two years, more businesses have moved into the area, including coffee shops, breweries and apartments.
The Greater Portland Council of Governments was one of 20 recipients nationwide for the Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Grant.
Mayor Michael Brennan said the money will allow the city to put together a vision for the community, building on the area’s industrial uses; art; culture; and food enterprises.
The study is expected to start in May and last about two years.