WHO: University Area CDC (Community Development Corporation) and EPA (Environmental Protection Agency)
WHAT: News Conference regarding grant presented to University Area CDC for clean up
WHEN: Wednesday, June 12, at 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: University Area Community Center, 14013 N. 22nd St., Tampa 33613
DETAILS: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4 Administrator Mary S. Walker and state and local officials will announce $900,000 in Brownfields grants to address contaminated properties in Tampa.
The University Area CDC has been awarded a grant for $300,000 through the EPA’s Multipurpose, Assessment and Cleanup Grant Program. The money will be used to clean up nine environmental site assessments, including sites with hazardous substances and petroleum. University Area CDC also will develop reuse plans for these sites and conduct community outreach in the area.
Plans for the lot on 20th street and 136th Avenue, after it is cleaned up and deemed safe, include a cultural campus which will serve as a navigational hub connecting community residents with anchored partners who are providing direct programming and services through a holistic approach. Plans for the at 2253 E. Bearss Avenue include a community garden and open-air market. Plans for the three land contiguous land parcels along E. 140th Avenue and N. 19th Street include a recreational green space, housing or commercial.
The City of Brooksville and Pinellas County also will be presented with these grants at the event.
Speakers will include: Josephine Rocco, University Area CDC chief operating officer; Pat Gerard, Pinellas County Board of County commissioner; William Kemerer, Brooksville mayor.
More information about UACDC, a 501(c)(3) public/private partnership, is available by calling 813.558.5212 and by visiting www.uacdc.org.