The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that the city of Peoria will receive $500,000 to assess and clean up the former Tabor property under the EPA Brownfield’s Program. The property, located at 3540-3600 SW Adams Street and South Lydia Street, is located within a Qualified Opportunity Zone.

Under the EPA, a brownfield is defined as any land that is abandoned, idled, or under-utilized due to environmental contamination. The parcels of the former Tabor property have been used for various industrial and commercial uses, including a junkyard, a gas station, and a rail storage yard.  Communities that have received this funding in the past have been able to repurpose buildings, resulting in increased local tax revenue and increased property

“Our grant writers did a ton of hard work to secure this grant,” said Mayor Jim Ardis. “We are excited to receive the award from the EPA because it’s going to put a strategically located property back in use. The grant money will remediate the general conditions of the property and add another business opportunity on this major corridor in our community.”

“This federal funding provides us with the tools to address environmental health and safety concerns and opens the door to opportunities for future investment in the First District,” said First District Councilwoman Denise Moore.

The grant provides funding to clean up the soil and covers continuous testing and monitoring during the cleanup process. The goal of this grant is to remove the contamination at the property and obtain a letter stating that no further remediation is necessary. This will allow the property to be redeveloped.

For more information on the EPA Brownfield Grant award, please contact Director Ross Black at (309) 494-8601 or rblack@peoriagov.org.