Is it safe to build on brownfields? The answer is yes! ES&M is proud to play an important role in the Farm Fresh RI success story highlighted in the linked Rhode Island Monthly article. We assisted Farm Fresh RI with three grant applications that resulted in the project being awarded a $71,720 RIDEM Brownfield Assessment Grant, a $480,000 RIDEM Brownfield Redevelopment Grant, and a $167,000 Storm Water Grant. ES&M completed the environmental assessment phase of this project and began the cleanup phase this past summer. In 2020, Farm Fresh RI plans to open the $16 million, 60,000-square-foot food hub with the goal of increasing the availability and affordability of locally sourced foods.
The article "Is It Safe to Build on Brownfields" was written by Ellen Liberman and published in Rhode Island Monthly on October 16, 2018.
Illustration below by John Rego.