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The City of Wheeling has been actively involved in Brownfields redevelopment for more than a decade.
Brownfields are defined as, "abandoned, idled, or under-used industrial and commercial facilities where expansion or redevelopment is complicated by real or perceived environmental contamination." This is a comprehensive program that has addressed Brownfields issues in Wheeling.
The City of Wheeling has used the following to facilitate Brownfields redevelopment:
Brownfields Assessment Demonstration Pilot Program, funded by the U.S. EPA, to provide environmental assessment activities on several Brownfields sites in Wheeling.
The CDBG Brownfields program, funded by the Community Development Block Grant program, that has additional financing for eligible Brownfields activities.
The City was also awarded a Brownfields Economic Development Initiative (BEDI) grant by HUD, for the Celeron Plaza redevelopment project in Wheeling.
The Foundation for Overcoming Challenges and Utilizing Strengths in WV (FOCUS WV), a program of the Northern WV Brownfields Assistance Center in cooperation with the WV Brownfields Assistance Center at Marshall University, funded by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation.
The WV Redevelopment Collaborative, a program of the Northern WV Brownfields Assistance Center, funded by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation.
The Targeted Brownfields Site Assessment (TBA), a program of the U.S. EPA.