On Friday, Governor Wolf announced the Industrial Sites Reuse Program will provide funding to clean up former industrial sites in the southeast Pennsylvania region, preparing them for use as residential properties and open space for park systems.
“Investing in bringing new life to old and unutilized properties creates clean and safe spaces for surrounding communities,” said Gov. Wolf.
“These projects will result in new opportunities like housing options, space for future outdoor recreational activities, and new jobs for these three counties.”
The Redevelopment Authority of the City of Reading was granted $878,612 for environmental remediation of the former Buttonwood Gateway site in Reading.
The authority is partnering with the Delaware Valley Development Company to revitalize a long-blighted property by constructing 28 interlocking townhomes with integral parking garages, 12 walk-up apartments, and six three-bedroom townhomes, all with individual entrances and on-site parking.
ISRP funds will be used to excavate the soil to an off-site disposal facility; place a cap to eliminate direct contact with soil; install monitory wells and three separate phase liquid recovery wells; conduct quarterly groundwater sampling, soil sampling, and separate phase liquid sampling; liquid waste characterization and disposal; drum disposal; soil vapor reporting; inspections; well abandonment; and reporting.
The ISRP provides loans and grants for environmental assessments and remediation carried out by eligible applicants who did not cause or contribute to the contamination.
The program is designed to foster the cleanup of environmental contamination at industrial sites, thereby bringing blighted land into productive reuse.