On May 6, 2020 the City received an $800,000 EPA grant to clean up brownfields in Opportunity Zones. This will help us create new jobs and economic opportunities in struggling communities across the City. The city grant was paired with a $600,000 regional grant awarded to the Mid-America Regional Council for the investigation of other local brownfield sites. Together, $1.4 million of new EPA funding has been made available in Jackson County and Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas marking the first bi-state brownfields revolving loan fund in our region. This grant was paired. Find more information on this grant at the links below:
What are Brownfields/Why is Remediation Important?
Brownfields are any vacant or underused properties, mostly commercial or industrial, where reuse is complicated by real or perceived environmental contamination. Examples include a corner gas station, an office building with asbestos and lead-paint, a closed steel plant or a former storefront dry cleaning business. Brownfields pose health risks and cause blight and economic and environmental burdens, especially in communities of color and urban areas.
Brownfields Program and Assessment Process
Kansas City Brownfields Program Specifics
The Kansas City Brownfields Program helps public and private redevelopment of sites with assessments and cleanup loans and sub-grants, using grants from the EPA.
Assessment applicants can be any persons or organizations, public or private, who have access to the property and did not cause the contamination. Requests are submitted by application and the process involves public meetings, procurement and performance. View an Application Process Outline for more details. Rough timeline details are below:
- Phase I assessment (records review) takes approximately 60-90 days from request to report.
- Phase II assessment consists of soil and groundwater tests and hazardous materials surveys (asbestos and lead paint) and can take 90-180 days, depending on site complexity.
Kansas City Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund (RLF)
Cleanup loans are available from the Kansas City Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund. Any persons or organizations, public or private, who have access o the property and are not responsible for the contamination may apply for a loan. The RLF can also provide cleanup sub-grants to eligible non-profits and governmental or quasi-governmental entities. Loan and sub-grant applications are presented to the Brownfields Commission and, in most cases, also go before City Council for approval. Special eligibility rules apply for property owners and sites. Approval of a cleanup loan or subgrant takes about 2-4 months.
For more information, read our Brownfields RLF Fact Sheet
Success Story and Program Summary
- View the 2020 Brownfields Program Summary
- See the latest Brownfield Success Story- the Ivanhoe Gateway at 39th Project.
- Missouri Department of Natural Resources
- Missouri Brownfields Voluntary Cleanup Program (BVCP)The Brownfields Voluntary Cleanup Program addresses and oversees brownfield cleanup and promotes the redevelopment of brownfields for the department. This is done through four different programs.
- Missouri Petroleum Storage Tank Insurance Fund (PSTIF)
PSTIF Insures people who store petroleum in underground and aboveground tanks so if there’s a leak or a spill, funds are available for cleanup. They also provide funds for cleanup of tank sites where USTs or ASTs were operated in the past, if the property meets certain criteria.
- EPA Brownfields Website
EPA Region 7 ( Serves states in the Midwest including Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, and Missouri)
If you have any questions about Brownfields, please contact Andrew Bracker.