Lorain County Awarded USEPA Brownfield Area-Wide Planning Grant

Posted on: January 6, 2017

The Lorain County Commissioners have been awarded $200,000 by the United States Environmental Protection Agency through the Brownfield Area-Wide Planning Grant program. The planning grant program will provide the county the opportunity to determine revitalization plans that best fit our vision for the future of the Broadway and 28th Street Corridor. The County Commissioners pledged $20,000 of in-kind services as a local match.

The planning grant will focus on the redevelopment of the former LTV Steel Pellet Terminal site and the connecting corridor of Broadway and 28th Street. The Lorain County Commissioners will work in partnership with the City of Lorain, The Lorain Growth Corporation, Charleston Village Society, The Black River AOC, The Lorain County General Health District and the citizens of Lorain to develop a Brownfield Area-Wide plan to guide the redevelopment of the Pellet Terminal Site and the surrounding corridor.

The area-wide plan will enable the county to transform the project area into a revitalized, mixed-use, and sustainable community featuring nature trails that connect to open access of Lake Erie.

“We are excited about the opportunity to work in collaboration with City of Lorain, its community leaders and citizens to build consensus around a shared vision for the future of the Lorain waterfront and downtown Lorain’s central business district," said Lorain County Commissioner Lori Kokoski. "This grant provides us the opportunity to create a vibrant, sustainable, and economically resilient vision for the future of one of the hardest hit corridors in Lorain County. Combining this funding with our 'Transportation for livable communities initiative' grant from NOACA and we have now positioned ourselves to comprehensively plan for the future of the entire Lorain County lakefront, our most valuable asset. We look forward to engaging the community and working together, which is how we as Commissioners move Lorain County forward.”

“This new investment builds on Lorain’s vision for the lakefront that showcases Lake Erie’s natural beauty and will create jobs and boost lake access,” said Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09). “Congratulations to Lorain County leadership, the City of Lorain and its regional partners for advancing a successful proposal that will produce a revitalization roadmap for this gateway City neighborhood. By connecting this plan to the work that is already being done to restore the Black River, Lorain will be positioned to keep our lake clean as well as attract new businesses and investment.”