The Portland Brownfield Program has grant funding available until September for North and Northeast Portland property owners. These funds can be used for free or low-cost or Environmental Site Assessments on brownfields or properties where previous use may have contaminated the soil or ground water with petroleum or other hazardous substances.
Brownfields can be old gas stations or auto repair shops, dry cleaners or manufacturing facilities, parking lots or vacant lots with unknown histories. As a property owner or prospective purchaser, it is important to know if there is contamination on your site, and to protect yourself from liability and unexpected delay during development.
The Portland Brownfield Program is not a regulatory agency and does not issue fines. They are there to help Portland property owners return vacant and underused sites into active community assets like small businesses, offices, affordable and mixed-use housing, community gardens and much more. All services are free of charge.
The application process for these services is easy but you must apply by September 1. To get more information, apply for funding, or request technical assistance, go to www.brownfield.org or call 503-823-7764.