The city of Ormond Beach is seeking input from residents and business owners who think they might qualify for a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to clean up brownfield sites. A brownfield site is an abandoned or underutilized industrial or commercial property that
has actual or perceived contamination and could be a potential site for redevelopment.
Examples include junkyards, abandoned buildings, closed dry cleaning facilities, former gas stations, abandoned landfills, etc. The Brownfield Advisory Board will identify such sites with assistance of a consultant, Cardno TBE, of Clearwater. The city Brownfield Advisory Board plans to meet with residents and business owners on Aug. 12.
To nominate a site, an applicant can find the form at ormondbeach.org/brownfieldform, or visit ormondbeach.org and click on News and Announcements. Forms are also available at the Joint Permit Counter in the Planning Department at City Hall. The deadline for submitting potential sites is Oct. 15.
The city intends to seek a $400,000 grant in the 2015 grant cycle. The city can only work with property owners who have a desire to participate, according to a city spokeswoman. The ultimate purpose of the program is to redevelop properties and make them more productive.