Meetings mull brownfields

Members of the public are being invited to learn more about Lycoming County’s Brownfields Assessment Coalition and how properties can qualify for assessment and cleanup.

The coalition recently received a $500,000 grant from the federal Environmental Protection Agency to conduct environmental site assessments at county brownfields – properties that are typically former industrial or manufacturing sites and have the potential to be cleaned up and repurposed for development.

With the grant, the coalition is seeking additional sites to include in its brownfields inventory and could also provide funding for assessments and cleanup, according to a media release from the county Department of Planning and Community Development.

It is the second such grant for the coalition, whose partners include the county, the city of Williamsport and Muncy Borough.

The first grant, awarded in 2005, helped establish a brownfields inventory of more than 80 sites throughout the county.

Several of those were redeveloped, including a former Brodart warehouse site on which the Memorial Homes complex is being built and the property on West Third Street where Kohl’s now is located.

Two public meetings are planned for June for interested citizens and property owners to learn more about these opportunities. For more information, contact Kim Wheeler, community development lead planner, at 570-320-2134.