Oroville officials urging residents to address contamination sites

Mar 25, 2015 4:28 PM by News Staff

The City of Oroville has several properties that are suspected of containing hazardous substances, but city officials are hopeful a recently awarded federal grant will revitalize some dormant land.

Oroville was recently awarded $750,000 in grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as part of a brownfields and land revitalization program. The city has several properties contaminated with hazardous substances and petroleum products from historic activities, commonly referred to as "brownfields."

The grant will be used for conducting assessments of Oroville's brownfields sites and city officials are asking land owners to let the city know about possible contaminates on their property.

Community members and property owners interested in learning about how to participate in this program are encouraged to attend an open house and public meeting that will be held at the Southside Oroville Community Center at 2959 Lower Wyandotte Road from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1.

After the meeting, all will be invited to attend a reception at a successfully redeveloped Brownfields site, the Purple Line Urban Winery, located at 760 Stafford Street, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for an informal discussion and networking.

Donald Rust, Oroville's Community Development Director, says the grants will stimulate the local economy with new businesses, employment opportunities and will ultimately revitalize land that has been sitting dormant."

In 2010, Oroville was awarded $400,000 in brownfield assessment grants, and successfully redeveloped the popular Purple Line Urban Winery on Stafford Street, and the Orange Tree Apartments on Robinson Street.


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