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Government Relations:

 

$1.5 million to Help Revitalize Contaminated Land

 

Throughout the Board area, there are high-profile former industrial properties that have been successfully remediated. These include the old Expo site on False Creek, the Vancouver Convention Centre, the East Fraserlands, and Whistler Athletes Village.

 

To help revitalize former contaminated sites and get them ready for redevelopment, the province announced that it will invest another $1.5 million in its brownfield renewal funding program.

 

Since this program's creation in 2008, close to $6 million has helped fund 101 projects in 50 communities throughout the province.

 

The program assists projects in their initial stages by funding site contamination studies and research to develop options for site restoration and redevelopment.

 

Funding is available to:

 

* private property owners;

*local governments;

*First Nations

*non-profit agencies; and

*businesses

 

Funding to projects in the REBGV area:

 

*The Sea to Sky Forestry Society is receiving $22,741 to help turn a vacant lot, which formerly housed both a sawmill and truck repair station, into an educational and cultural facility that will promote natural history, forest management and industrial awareness.

 

*Epix Developments Ltd. is receiving up to $26,085 to help redevelop an existing run-down warehouse in Vancouver's Downtown eastside. The company plans to build a low-cost housing complex on the site.

 

To learn more:  go to www.brownfieldrenewal.gov.bc.ca

 

What is brownfield?

 

A brownfield is an abandoned or underused industrial or commercial property, often contaminated, which has strong redevelopment potential.  Renewing brownfield properties can increase commercial or industrial space, create employment, improve safely, enhance green space and reduce pressue on existing land.

 

Did you know?

 

The province estimates that there are between 4,000 and 6,000 brownfield sites--including urban, rural and waterfront locations throughout British Columbia.

 

Get the facts-- 48 Fact Sheets on Contaminated Sites

 

The BC government has prepared 48 Fact Sheets on topics related to contaminated sites.

 

these range from Why Clean Up Contaminated Sites (Fact Sheet 2) to Highlights for Realtors, Property Vendors and PUrchasers (Fact Sheet 11) to Site Risk Classification (Fact Sheet 45).

 

To read the Fact Sheets- go to www.env.gov.bc.ca/epd/remediation/fact_sheets/index.htm

 

Above information was obtained from the Real estate Board of Greater Vancouver