City of Sanford Awarded $5.5 Million in EPA Brownfields Grants

The City of Sanford is excited to announce the award of two significant Brownfields grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), totaling $5.5 million.

EPA has awarded Sanford a Brownfields Assessment Grant of $500,000. This community-wide grant will enable the city to conduct an estimated 10 Phase I and seven Phase II environmental site assessments. Additionally, the funds will be used to prepare approximately four cleanup plans and engage the community in the redevelopment process. The target area includes 22 Brownfields sites in Sanford's Historic Mill Yard, with a focus on the 7.2-acre International Woolen Mill site, the 9.5-acre Emery Mill site, and the 3.53-acre Wasco Mill site. The goals of this initiative include providing developers with important information about contamination and cleanup requirements, fostering the growth of new businesses, job opportunities, and upgraded housing options.

Sanford has also been selected to receive a Brownfields Cleanup Grant of $5,000,000, funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. This grant will focus on the cleanup of the International Woolen Mill Boiler House located on Pioneer Avenue. Historically, this site operated as a boiler house with coal-fired boilers converted to fuel oil in the 1920s and is currently contaminated with many hazardous materials. Cleanup will eliminate environmental hazards and make way for a 60+ spot parking lot, supporting the future redevelopment of the Mill Yard.

"I would like to thank the EPA Region 1 Brownfields Team for the awards to continue our City's work in addressing our industrial past so that new development may move us forward absent the environmental liabilities impacting our economic future," said Steven Buck, Sanford City Manager. "We should recognize the significant investments made by public and private development made possible by the assessments performed and action plans developed using these EPA-funded programs. It is one of the greatest economic leverages achieved as compared to any other program within our City."

The City of Sanford looks forward to collaborating with the EPA, local stakeholders, and community members to leverage these grants effectively and achieve sustainable redevelopment goals.