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In addition to the contacts suggested by other list members (especially HUD)
you should definitely contact the Santa Barbara Redevelopment Agency
(http://www.sb-redevelopment.com/). The RDA should have an authoritative
list of the local resources available. You might also contact the
California Center for Land Recycling (http://www.cclr.org/) which is a great
information source, and now offers grants, on a limited basis, for
assessment and characterization (Ph I and Ph II). The cap is $25K and the
program is fairly competitive, but you might look into it. The fund is part
of their "Project Learning Program."
In several months (September/October 2000) we plan to off a program which
could also help you in this project. CERF, the California Environmental
Redevelopment Fund, will finance remediation and characterization of
brownfields here in California (http://tdfsf.org/er.html). Priority
projects will be those that: create or retain jobs, with a focus on local
hiring; create or restore affordable housing; promote infill development;
are located in specified redevelopment or enterprise zones; and involve CBOs
and public agencies. From your brief description, this sounds like a
Feel free to contact us if you would like additional information. Best of
luck and keep us posted!
The Development Fund
Phone: (415) 981-1070 x15
Fax: (415) 981-1075
From: William Myers [mailto:WMyers@alternatives.org]
Sent: Monday, June 12, 2000 10:00 AM
Subject: Brownfields: environmental clean up and downtown redevelopment
My husband and I work In Santa Barbara, California. This is a very expensive
place to buy a home. My husband is an architect and we are interested in
building a home in a downtown area of the city that is mostly industrial.
It's zoned mixed use. Some of the lots we are interested in have been used
to store toxic materials such as batteries and the like. We would do soils
testing before committing to a project. However we have been told that
sometimes the clean up can cost as much as 50k.
Are there any grants available or low interest loans for environmental clean
up projects such as this?
Also are there any low interest loans available for redevelopment projects
in downtown or industrial areas?
We very much appreciate your time and any feedback or leads regarding this
Linda Le Brock
linda le brock
William Myers, Manager
Alternatives Federal Credit Union
301 West State Street, Ithaca, NY 14850-5431
(607) 273-3582 ext 817 fax (734) 448-6962 www.alternatives.org
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