Targeting east Portland, a pair of Federal Environmental Protection Agency brownfield grants will make $400,000 available to clean up the ground.
Brownfields are sites where past uses contaminated the soil or groundwater, or where concern about contamination prevented the property’s re-use. Former gas stations, metal plating facilities and dry cleaners are common examples of brownfields, sites that once provided jobs and helped fuel the economy.
Redeveloping brownfields is said to stimulate the economy while protecting water quality, green space and public health. One example of a reclaimed brownfield, the Dharma Rain Zen Center at 8200 N.E. Siskiyou St., is now a nonprofit Buddhist institution built on a former quarry and landfill with facilities for meditation, classes and living quarters.