Beginning in 2009, the Upper Coastal Plain Council of Governments was awarded a NC Rural Center Brownfields Assessment Grant. In the following years, two EPA Brownfields Assessment Grants were also awarded and successfully utilized. To implement these grants and revitalize brownfields, a Brownfields Coalition of member governments wishing to participate was formed. Each jurisdiction in the coalition helps identify potential brownfield properties and as funds are made available, properties are selected by the coalition for assessment and other redevelopment support.
What is a Brownfield?
A “brownfields site” is real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. There are a variety of potential Brownfields, including abandoned or underutilized:
- Textile Mills
Light and Heavy Industrial Operations
Automobile Service Stations
Junkyards or Salvage Properties
Furniture/Wood Processing Operations
Some Brownfields may be contaminated and pose hazards for communities and surrounding properties. The purpose of the Brownfields Program is to determine the presence of hazards, ultimately remove hazards and reuse Brownfields properties.
UCPCOG Brownfields Coalition Members:
Municipalities: Conway, Dortches, Enfield, Garysburg, Littleton, Middlesex, Princeville, Roanoke Rapids, Rocky Mount, Saratoga, Scotland Neck, Speed, Stantonsburg, Weldon, Whitakers
Counties: Halifax, Nash, Northampton
Community Impacts and Highlights:
Over $800,000 in Federal EPA and NC Rural Center funds have been utilized to inventory, assess and help revitalize sites throughout the region. The UCPBC has documented over $58,000,000 in leveraged funds throughout the region. Some projects familiar to many include the Rocky Mount Event Center and Monk to Mill Trail, Roanoke Rapids Paterson Mill and Sonrise sites, Littleton library, Scotland Neck Senior Center, Nash County Courthouse expansion, and Northampton Administrative Buildings. Dozens more sites, many involving private redevelopment, have had environmental assessment work performed to help "close the deal".
More Information: Ron Townley, PDS Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
UCP Brownfields Coalition receives 2017 National Association of Development Organizations Innovation Award
Ron Townley, Director of Planning and Development, was presented with The 500th Brownfields Agreement award. The Upper Coastal Plain Council of Governments was instrumental in the redevelopment of an abandoned brownfields property in the Historic Douglas Block District into The Rocky Mount Event Center, thereby improving the community life of its citizens.