The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced it has issued nearly $2 million in funding for cleanup of four contaminated properties in the region, including one in St. Joseph County.
The agency said $300,000 will focus on the city of Three Rivers and its downtown area. Priority sites include the Old Three Rivers Hospital; the vacant White House building, which operated as an appliance and furniture store, a manufacturer of hospital appliances, and an auto dealership; and a former Dodge Dealership.
Grants awarded by EPA’s Brownfields Program provide communities across the country an opportunity to transform contaminated sites into community assets that attract jobs and achieve broader economic development outcomes, while taking advantage of existing infrastructure.
Similar funding was awarded to Calhoun and Ottawa counties.