Austin gets $400K for brownfield assessment

Downtown Austin, Texas (Kevin Schwaller/KXAN)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — As many as 20 properties in Austin that may be contaminated by hazardous materials will be the subject of a new assessment process to determine how the blighted properties might be turned into housing, transit locations or new community parks and gardens.

The sites, known as brownfield sites, will be part of the assessment program thanks to a $400,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency.

The EPA money will be used to bring new life to currently underdeveloped or abandoned properties.

Nonprofits and local governmental entities can apply for assessment online. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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