MCIA Seeks Federal Grant to Study Possible Contaminated Sites

December 9 , 2008 -- The Middlesex County Improvement Authority submitted a $1 million grant proposal to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to assess properties in Perth Amboy and Woodbridge that are suspected of being contaminated.

The new EPA grant calls for entities to work together to investigate and redevelop properties known as brownfields. The MCIA partnered with Perth Amboy and Woodbridge to meet the grant’s stipulations.

The City is targeting its Redevelopment Area 1 in the southern part of the municipality, while Woodbridge is seeking to investigate properties in its Avenel section.

Participating community organizations in this grant submission include the Perth Amboy High School Environmental Club, the Raritan Bay Area YMCA, the Perth Amboy Merchants Association, the Perth Amboy Chamber of Commerce, the Raritan Riverkeeper, the Woodbridge Environmental Commission and the Woodbridge Economic Development Corporation.

To date, the MCIA has secured $975,000 through four previous EPA grants for similar work in various communities, including Carteret, Highland Park, Middlesex Borough, Milltown, Perth Amboy, South Amboy.

“Through our Economic Development Office, we have helped municipalities throughout the County reclaim underused properties to bring them back to beneficial use,” said MCIA Chairman Leonard J. Roseman. “ Our assistance runs the gamut from helping fill out permitting applications, helping to secure state and federal grants, or assisting with the planning and management aspects of a project.”

EPA grant award announcements will be made in the spring of 2009. Funds would be available in October 2009.