In 2009 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded the City of Kalispell a Brownfields Assessment Grant in the amount of $400,000 to conduct environmental site assessments as part of a larger plan to revitalize properties within Kalispell. Using these funds the City has inventoried and prioritized Brownfields sites, completed thirteen (13) phase I and five (5) phase II site assessments, and developed cleanup plans for those sites which have the greatest potential for redevelopment. This grant is scheduled to close in Spring of 2014.
In January 2014 the City of Kalispell applied for a second Brownfield Assessment Grant in the amount of $400,000. This request is pending review by the Environmental Protection Agency.
The Kalispell Brownfield Program is voluntary. Public or private property owners can use grant funds to address regulatory agency requirements, complete the sale of their property, or to learn more about their property should they consider selling it. The assessments are completed at no cost to the property owner, and information on the presence/absence of contamination is provided to the owner upon completion of the work. In addition, any site assessed by the City is potentially eligible for cleanup grant funds from EPA which the City may apply for in coming years.
In 2010, the EPA awarded the City of Kalispell a Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Pilot Program grant in the amount of $175,000. The purpose of this project was to work with our community to develop a vision and concept for revitalization of the core industrial area of Kalispell. Using these funds the City of Kalispell created the Core Area Plan, which was approved by City Council in December 2012. The Core Area Plan can be found at http://kalispell.com/community_economic_development/
In 2011, the EPA awarded the City of Kalispell a Brownfields Clean-up Revolving Loan Fund grant in the amount of $1,000,000. These funds will be made available to eligible applicants for low-interest loans for the purpose of remediating Brownfields sites.