Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) officials have announced two Brownfields Grant awards totaling $16,635 to the Desert Hills Fire District in Lake Havasu to support redevelopment of Fire Station No. 1. The redevelopment will bring the aging structure up to building code and remove harmful contaminants such as mold, asbestos and lead-based paint.
Funds will be used to perform a Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) and asbestos and lead-based paint survey. The ESA and survey will address both the underlying land and physical improvements to the property by identifying potential or existing environmental contamination and the presence, type and amount of building materials that contain asbestos and lead-based paint, which require cleanup or abatement to protect public health and the environment.
The ESA and survey are expected to be completed by the end of March.
ADEQ Brownfields Assistance Program
Redeveloping brownfields has the potential to reduce environmental hazards, mitigate public health threats, create new business opportunities, increase tax revenue and restore habitats and blighted areas to productive use. Program funds are limited and available to eligible applicants.
Established in 2003, ADEQ’s Brownfields Assistance Program conducts projects through Arizona’s State Response Grant using funds provided by the Environmental Protection Agency. The program has funded more than 70 projects, assisting local governments, schools, hospitals, nonprofits and tribes in completing environmental assessments and cleanups.