Summer 2011 |
MCC is working to redevelop South Omaha communities through an $835,000 Brownfields
Assessment Grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The grant allows
the Omaha Brownfields Coalition, of which MCC is a member, to create a redevelopment
blueprint for South Omaha, including plans to transform area brownfields and improve
the area's environment, economy and community health.
Brownfields are parcels with known or suspected presence of hazardous substances,
pollutants or contaminants. These parcels often become blighted, as real or perceived
contamination prevents investment and redevelopment. The grant will support the
development and deployment of an area-wide plan for the assessment and redevelopment
of known or suspected brownfields within the South Omaha Redevelopment Area.
Assessments will also inform planning for job training, business location and
expansion and the health and well-being of community members living in South Omaha.
The grant also supports health screening to determine any links between brownfields
and health concerns such as asthma.
The Omaha Brownfields Coalition was formed in 2010 to lead planning for the
redevelopment of area brownfields. The grant project will be administered by the
Metropolitan Area Planning Agency (MAPA) with the support of Omaha Brownfields
Coalition partners MCC, Papio-Missouri River Natural Resource District, the Omaha
Chamber of Commerce South Omaha Development Project and numerous community