SUPERIOR -- The Pinal County town of Superior and others in Gila County will receive government funding for rehabilitation projects related to environmental damage left over from their mining pasts.
The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality has awarded more than $360,000 this fiscal year to support rural towns, cities and organizations in repurposing and restoring blighted properties.
The Brownfields Assistance Program funds are used to conduct environmental assessments, cleanup and restoration to reduce environmental hazards, mitigate public health threats, create new business opportunities, increase tax revenue and restore blighted properties to productive use.
ADEQ is currently funding 11 projects, including for:
- The Town of Superior, which is renovating a former school building to improve the senior center and offices for the town hall.
- The Town of Globe, which is rehabilitating an unused building next to their current library to expand programs for seniors and children.
- Gila County, which demolished an abandoned hotel that was damaged in a storm to create more parking for the only restaurant in the Hayden/Winkelman area and potentially create a small park with area historical information.
- The International Church of the Foursquare Gospel, which completed an asbestos and lead survey prior to the demolition of building in Cottonwood to create a community park for children and families in the area.
“These funds provide us a tremendous opportunity to work on community clean up and turn once rundown buildings into potential places for economic development, “said Mila Besich, Mayor of Superior. “With this latest grant, we continue to advance plans for our multi-generational center project that will benefit all residents of Superior.”
The Brownfields Assistance Program conducts projects through Arizona’s State Response Grant using funds provided by the Environmental Protection Agency.