The Environmental Protection Agency has selected Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments (BCDCOG) as one of 19 communities nationally to receive a portion of nearly $4 million for assistance in planning the cleanup and reuse of brownfield sites.
A brownfield site is land once used for industrial or commercial purposes that's believed to be contaminated with hazardous waste or pollution.
The three-county regional agency will use a $200,000 grant to further redevelopment planning for a 4.3-square-mile corridor in the Neck Area of Charleston and North Charleston as part of the federal Brownfields Area-Wide Planning program.
The Council will use the funds to work with the community and other stakeholders in developing a plan and implementation strategy for the location, which the EPA noted for its extraordinarily high density of brownfields and other environmentally impaired properties.
"The Neck Area is a sensitive environment with tremendous potential that has long been blighted by brownfields and numerous other environmental issues," Council Executive Director Ron Mitchum said. "This grant, obtained through the work of BCDCOG staff, will allow our agency to collaborate with community partners and drive forward what we believe will be an incredible regeneration," Mitchum said.