CROWN POINT – The Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority has approved funding for two initiatives aimed at restoring brownfields that would lay the groundwork for development.
The RDA has approved spending $100,000 in matching funds to create and Environmental Protection Agency Brownfields Assessment Program and Revolving Loan Fund. The program is a partnership with Hammond, Gary and East Chicago and will create a fund to clean up contaminated sites in the three cities.
The board also approved a $30,000 matching grant from The Donnelley Foundation in Chicago for the runway extension at Gary Chicago International Airport. The money will be used to pay for a study by Cardno JFNew, an ecological consulting and ecosystem restoration form of the area around the airport to determine which areas should be targeted for development and which for environmental preservation.