MEDIA ADVISORY | ADEQ Announces $39,473 Brownfields Grant to the Town of Gila Bend, AZ

Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) officials announced today a $39,473 Brownfields Grant award to the Town of Gila Bend to perform an Ordered Demolition on a former motel located at 214 W. Pima Street. Demolition of the motel will remove the unsightly and unsafe structure located on the Town’s main thoroughfare, Pima Street.

Pima Street is the commercial core of the town with the majority of commercial businesses located on or immediately adjacent to it. The property is a recently-acquired Town-owned property that is an unsightly and unsafe structure. Dilapidated structures create a negative perception of Gila Bend for locals and pass-through traffic alike. Removal of the property is part of the first phase in establishing a thriving downtown.

“Gila Bend is working hard to best position itself for new business opportunities and a clean, beautiful Pima Street that runs through the Town’s commercial corridor is absolutely essential to this endeavor,” said Michael Celaya, Town Manager. “The Town of Gila Bend thanks ADEQ for its generous support in helping us make our community healthier, safer and more attractive to visitors and new business.”

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ADEQ Brownfields Assistance Program (BAP)

Established in 2003, BAP 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 entities from local governments, schools, hospitals and nonprofits to tribes in completing environmental assessments, cleanup and restoration.

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 in the order that they apply and qualify.

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More Information

To learn more about the grant or to apply, contact:
Jennie Curé
P: 602-771-2296
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