The City of Lodi has been awarded a $300,000 Brownfields Assessment Grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Submitted in December 2019, the grant application competed with 151 communities nationwide for funding to environmentally assess abandoned industrial and commercial properties to prepare them for reuse. The target area includes the city’s downtown, historical industrial areas and economically disadvantaged residential areas bordering the main rail line and spur that runs through Lodi. The grant aims to benefit approximately 25,000 residents living within the 3.2 square mile target area. The City has identified multiple priority brownfield sites including the former General Mills production facility, abandoned buildings in downtown, a former cinema and the former Piemonte Hotel property. The reuse plans for these priority sites will advance community and municipal goals including educational opportunities and strategic investment in job creation and job training. This project builds on a prior EPA Brownfields grant to the City in 2015.
See the news release here.