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Wednesday, June 13, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Brownfield Public Meeting Set
DECATUR - The first of three community input meetings to help in choosing local brownfield sites for further assessment will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday June 19 in the City Council Chamber of the Decatur Civic Center, 1 Gary K. Anderson Plaza.
Generally, a brownfield is a property that is actually contaminated or perceived to be contaminated by either hazardous substances (asbestos, or chemicals) or petroleum products (like abandoned gas stations). For the most part, these are properties that might not be utilized currently or are underutilized and are generally considered to be blighted. The City has been selected to receive a pair of grants totaling $400,000 to help assess local brownfields with next step in the process is to engage the general public in the site selection process.
A Brownfields Selection Committee was formed to help guide the assessment process comprised of members from the City, the Macon County Health Department, Economic Development Corporation of Decatur and Macon County, Greater Decatur Chamber of Commerce, University of Illinois, Dove Inc. and Decatur Is Growing Gardeners (DIGG).
Contact Billy Tyus at 217-424-2727 or Vasudha Pinnamaraju at 217-424-2778 for more information.