One Grant To Fund Two-City Blight Battle In Metro KC | KCUR

One Grant To Fund Two-City Blight Battle In Metro KC

Jul 18, 2013

The two Kansas Cities have won a $600,000 federal grant from the Environmental  Protection Agency to restore a score or more environmentally blighted areas. 

The project to be called One-KC Brownfields Coalition will include hazard cleanup, urban farms, orchards and gardens.

The properties are in a swath across state line. They lie in the central city of Kansas City Kansas and roughly bordered by  the Missouri River and 31st in Kansas City, Mo. 

Chris Whitley of EPA says the cleanup of “Brownfields” sites carry a lot of ripple activity, “the coalition will use these funds to conduct assessments just to  determine the extent of the contamination at probably about 25 different Brownfield properties in the metro area and that will be an initial step to returning them to productive use, one way or another.”

It may include community gardens, local hiring of environmental cleanup teams.

Google Fiber also got a mention in the grant application.

High speed internet is supposed to target assistance for entrepreneurs working on blight.