Flathead Beacon: EPA Awards Kalispell $1 Million Brownfields Grant

The Environmental Protection Agency awarded Kalispell a $1-million Brownfields grant to establish a revolving loan fund aimed at encouraging the redevelopment of contaminated properties.

“The entire Brownfield project is about trying to move a property toward redevelopment and remove hurdles,” Katharine Thompson, Kalispell’s community development manager, said, “where that’s desired and appropriate.”

“Brownfields” refers to abandoned or underused commercial properties where redevelopment may be stymied by environmental contamination — but often those properties exist in the heart of an urban area where real estate might otherwise be quite valuable.

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