MEDIA ADVISORY | ADEQ Announces $5,500 Brownfields Grant to the City of Cottonwood, AZ

Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) officials announced today a $5,500 Brownfields Grant award to the City Cottonwood to perform an Asbestos Abatement on roofing materials on the Cottonwood Civic Plaza located at 805 N. Main Street, Cottonwood, AZ. Abatement of roofing material will allow for installation of new roof vents for the HVAC system upgrades.

The Cottonwood Civic Center was built in 1939 and partially funded by the Works Progress Administration with the remaining funds raised locally through grass roots efforts. The unique building is constructed of local sandstone and river rock and used extensively by the community. During WWII the building was rented to the Department of Defense for housing Navy trainees. The remodel of the building will assist with plans for the Old Town revitalization efforts.  

"The awarded grant for the asbestos removal allowed the City to be able to put the funds back into the Civic Center for the renovations that are being done," said Berrin Nejad, Community Development Director. "This improvement project is of a historic building in the community, and the residents of Cottonwood are very excited to have it completed. This will provide a safe and fully functioning event center for years to come."

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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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