Many cities have abandoned and neglected properties in need of redevelopment, but that takes money which most cities can't spare. Now three local cities have the money thanks to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency l grants presented Thursday.
Greenville got a $200,000 Brownfield revitalization grant. The city of Wilson received the same. Havelock got $400,000 in federal funds. The Brownfield agreement provides funding for environmental assessment, cleanup, and job training so old sites like the old Imperial Tobacco building in Greenville could see new life.
"We do this every year and communities always compete around the country, and we've been so pleased to see North Carolina has been so reactive and proactive to helping its communities to being successful," said Stan Meiburg with the Environmental Protection Agency.
The City of Wilson hopes to use the money for projects in the downtown area. Havelock will use it for business redevelopment around the city and Cherry Point.