Hopping Green & Sams (HGS) attorney Ralph DeMeo assisted the City of Tallahassee in establishing and obtaining approvals needed for a major City economic redevelopment project, the South Monroe Street Brownfields Area (the Area), under state and federal brownfields programs. A “brownfield” is defined under state and federal laws as “a former industrial or commercial site where future use is affected by real or perceived environmental contamination.” Running along a roughly one mile corridor from the state Capitol to Orange Avenue, establishment of the Area will allow the City, in partnership with private and public interests, to address environmental conditions in this Area, and through tax and job-creation incentives, encourage developers to return properties in the Area to beneficial reuse. Recognizing the importance of this project, the City recently received a $300,000 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Brownfield grant for the Area. This will enable much-needed assessment and remediation of environmental conditions, leading in turn to economic redevelopment of this important urban corridor.
For additional information contact Ralph DeMeo.