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October 3, 2012

The Regional Brownfields Initiative intends to submit an application to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for assessment funds. The funds would be used to perform Phase I or Phase II assessments on eligible Brownfields sites in Region B.   If you have a site which you are looking to purchase for redevelopment and would like to discuss funding opportunities, please contact Kate O’Hara, RBI Program Manager, at 251-7454 or kate@landofsky.org

The deadline for applications is November 18, 2012.

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April 24, 2012

Land of Sky Regional Council’s Regional Brownfields Initiative (RBI) is pleased to announce the award of a $329,000 loan to Chatham Mill Ventures, LLC. Funds from the RBI Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) will be used for a loan to assist with the cleanup of lead paint and asbestos at 800 Chatham Road in Winston-Salem, NC.  Funds will also be used for planning and design work for a vapor mitigation system at several buildings located on the site. The former Twin City Industrial Center (5.96 acres) will be redeveloped as mixed use and the site has been deemed eligible for entry into the North Carolina Brownfields Program.

The Regional Brownfields Initiative provides low-interest loans and sub-grants to  developers to clean up Brownfields sites. The RBI Loan program is funded by a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency Brownfields Program. For more information,  contact Kate O’Hara, RBI Project Manager at 828-251-6622 or kate@landofsky.org.

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February 27, 2012

Land of Sky Regional Council’s Regional Brownfields Initiative (RBI) is pleased to announce the award of a $100,000 sub-grant to Mountain Housing Opportunities (MHO) and Eagle Market Development Corporation (EMDC). Funds from the RBI Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) will used for a sub-grant to assist with the cleanup of lead paint and asbestos at the Glen Rock Hotel in Asheville’s River Arts District and the Del Cardo and Collette buildings in the historic African American business district, known as “The Block” in Asheville.  The Glen Rock Hotel is Phase III of MHO’s Glen Rock Development Project; plans for renovation of the building include 22 affordable housing units and approximately 14,000 sf. of commercial space. The DelCardo and Collette buildings are part of the collaborative effort between MHO and the Eagle Market Development Corporation. The Eagle Market Place project is a mixed use residential and commercial project which includes commercial space and 70 units of affordable housing.

The Regional Brownfields Initiative provides low-interest loans and sub-grants to developers to clean up Brownfields sites. The RBI Loan program is funded by a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency Brownfields Program. For more information, contact Kate O’Hara, RBI Project Manager at 828-251-6622 or kate@landofsky.org.

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Land-of-Sky Regional Council Receives National Association of Development Organizations 2010 Innovation Award

WASHINGTON, DC – The Land-of-Sky Regional Council, based in Asheville, NC received a 2010 Innovation Award from the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) Research Foundation for its Recycle This Site- Excellence in Environmental Design.

The Land of Sky Regional Council used a “Regional Environmental Priorities Project” grant from EPA to conduct a student design competition. Titled “Recycle This Site”, this competition offered students the chance to design an environmentally- sound mixed-use, live, play and work space in Asheville’s artistic River District. Students were challenged to “think out of the box” by meeting or exceeding the regulatory requirements various areas of development.  NADO is a Washington, DC-based association that promotes programs and policies that strengthen local governments, communities and economies through regional cooperation, program delivery and comprehensive strategies.  The association’s Innovation Awards program recognizes regional development organizations and partnering organizations for improving the economic and community competitiveness of our nation’s regions and local communities. Award winners will be showcased during NADO’s 2010 Annual Training Conference, to be held August 28-31 in San Diego, California.  “For more than 20 years, NADO’s Innovation Award has provided regional development organizations throughout the nation a unique opportunity to showcase creative projects like Recycle This Site- Excellence in Environmental Design, which make it possible to advance the economic growth and sustainability of our nation’s regions.  This recognition brings to the forefront the important work of regional organizations and their critical role in promoting economic development for rural and small metropolitan communities,” said NADO President Mike Norton, executive director of the Northwest Arkansas Economic Development District in Harrison, Arkansas.  For more information about the award-winning project, contact Kate O’Hara, Land-of-Sky Regional Council at 828-251-6622.  Founded in 1967, the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) provides advocacy, education, networking and research for the national network of 540 regional development organizations. NADO members provide professional, programmatic and technical assistance to over 2,300 counties and 15,000 municipalities.

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