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Colorado Springs-Fountain coalition to hold public meeting on Brownfield Initiative efforts to revitalize vacant, underused properties

 

Last updated 9/29/2022 at 11:26am

Courtesy City of Colorado Springs

Woodman Hall in Olde Town Fountain is one of the sites benefitting from the brownfields grant money to identify necessary remediation.

COLORADO SPRINGS – The Colorado Springs-Fountain Brownfield Coalition will host a hybrid in-person/virtual event on Tuesday, October 4, from 6 to 7 p.m. to share progress on using a Brownfield Assessment Grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The grant helps to revitalize vacant and underused properties, or brownfields, primarily in Colorado Springs and Fountain along the Shooks Run Creek and Fountain Creek Corridors.

Funding is being used to assess brownfield site conditions and plan for future cleanup and reuse of priority sites in Colorado Springs and Fountain. The coalition overseeing the grant is comprised of the City of Colorado Springs, the City of Fountain, Colorado Springs School District 11, and Colorado Springs Utilities.

Sites in Fountain include the Hwy. 85-87 corridor and Olde Town locations such as the historic Woodman Hall.

"Through our regional coalition efforts, this grant will help revitalize the Shooks Run and Fountain Creek corridors," says Aaron Egbert, Senior Engineer with the City of Colorado Springs and project manager for the grant effort. "Assessment of sites and planning for cleanup are the first steps toward improving the properties along our waterways and enhancing quality of life for our Colorado Springs and Fountain communities."

During the first half of the meeting, the coalition will provide an overview of brownfield characteristics and the goals of the grant program. During the second half of the meeting, the coalition will share progress made so far, and future efforts related to ongoing brownfield revitalization. A question-and-answer session will follow.

Interested property owners and community members can register for the informational meeting and submit questions to be answered during the meeting by clicking on the link at coloradosprings.gov/brownfields.

MEETING INFORMATION

WHAT: Hybrid: In-person public meeting with a live online streaming option (Microsoft Teams), including questions from attendees. Register at coloradosprings.gov/brownfields.

WHO: A coalition comprised of the Cities of Colorado Springs and Fountain, Colorado Springs Utilities, and School District 11 is using a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grant to support brownfield revitalization focused on the Shooks Run and Fountain Creek Corridors.

WHEN: Tuesday, October 4 from 6 to 7 p.m.

WHERE: City Administration Building, 30 S. Nevada Ave., Room 102, Colorado Springs, CO, 80903

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, the City of Colorado Springs will not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities. Should you require an auxiliary aid and/or service to participate in an upcoming meeting, please submit your request as soon as possible but no later than 48 hours before the scheduled monthly meeting. Captioning services are available for online meetings. Citizens may submit requests for accommodations by emailing [email protected] or contacting the Communications Office at 719-385-5248. Dial 711 or 800-659-3656 for Relay Colorado.

 

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