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$835,000 Grant Fosters South Omaha Redevelopment

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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 organizations.

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