Mayor Schmitt announced today that the City will be a recipient of a $200,000 Brownfield Area-Wide Planning grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The grant will be used to assist with the redevelopment efforts along University Avenue. Green Bay was one of 20 communities nation-wide to receive a grant.
The City will work with the community and other stakeholders to develop an area-wide plan and implementation strategy for brownfields cleanup and redevelopment along the University Avenue corridor, which extends from the East River to the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Campus. The process will build from the new Veterans Administration Outpatient Clinic which is expected to be a key development catalyst for future improvements, including brownfield reuse, in the corridor.
Key partners include the Hispanic Community Council of Northeast Wisconsin, Brown County Health Department, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, and various other neighborhood, community development, and non-profit groups.
“The area-wide planning approach recognizes that revitalization of the area surrounding the brownfield sites is critical to the successful of the property as cleanup and redevelopment of an individual site, said Mathy Stanislaus, assistance administrator for EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response in announcing the grant awards. “The locally-driven planning process will help communities create a shared vision for and commitment to revitalization.”