|From:||Lenny Siegel <email@example.com>|
|Date:||3 Apr 2006 17:12:10 -0000|
|Subject:||[CPEO-BIF] El Paso (TX) Brownfileds money "gone begging"|
Tough sell Brownfields money 'has gone begging'
Vic Kolenc El Paso Times (TX) April 2, 2006
Steven Silver and Sergio Guerrero Jr. have spent the past few months trying to find someone to use an almost 4-year-old, $1 million loan fund designed to help developers clean up and redevelop environmentally contaminated buildings and vacant land known as "brownfields."
No one has received or even applied for a low-interest loan from the fund in the almost four years since the Environmental Protection Agency awarded the city $1 million for the loan fund, Silver and Guerrero said.
There was "no concerted effort to get (brownfield) redevelopment started," said Silver, executive director of Groundwork El Paso, a 5-month-old nonprofit environmental organization. The city gave it a six-month contract late last year to take over administration of the city Brownfields Redevelopment Program. Redeveloping brownfields is part of Groundwork's mission.
For the entire article, see http://www.elpasotimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060402/BUSINESS/604020350/1003
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