Austin gets $400K for brownfield assessment

Downtown Austin, Texas (Kevin Schwaller/KXAN)
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.

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