Tigard and Sherwood, both CFM clients, were awarded federal grants this week to clean up polluted sites, clearing the way for redevelopment in their respective downtowns.
"The projects were championed by Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley and received strong support from Senator Ron Wyden and Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici," said Joel Rubin, CFM vice president for federal affairs.
CFM assisted both cities in working closely with regional and national staff members at the Environmental Protection Agency to ensure they submitted solid, competitive grant requests.
Tigard will receive $400,000 to conduct a community-wide brownfield assessment in its downtown. This project has very strong support from local businesses. The properties assessed will include those of interested private-sector owners and redevelopers and ensure that contamination does not pose a barrier to productive reuse of the sites. The project builds on years of citizen planning and involvement for the vision of downtown Tigard.
Sherwood will receive $200,000 to conduct an environmental site assessment of a 25-acre portion of the former Frontier Leather site. The City wants to purchase a portion of the former site to move its Public Works Yard. This will free up space where the existing Public Works Yard is located for redevelopment consistent with the vision for the Old Town area and will increase economic opportunities in the community.
"We are grateful to Senator Merkley and the congressional delegation for their strong support of our EPA Assessment grant," said Tigard Mayor John Cook. "The City is looking forward to working with its community partners to address the key issue of contaminated properties and creating a more livable, walkable and economically resilient community.”
"EPA funding will allow Sherwood to assess and plan for cleanup of the former Frontier Leather Tannery property in order to redevelop this site in the future," explained Mayor Bill Middleton. "This will greatly increase economic opportunities in the community. Bringing this property back into productive use is a critical part of our long-term downtown plan. We greatly appreciate the support of Senator Merkley and the congressional delegation."