Development Authorities in Great Falls and Havre have been awarded a half a million dollars each from the EPA.
The Great Falls Development Authority has a proven history of using EPA Brownfields funds to leverage the redevelopment of properties in the community. Prior successes include projects that have addressed petroleum and hazardous contaminants at properties that are now home to the True Brew Coffee Shop and Park, the Center for Mental Health, the Great Falls Community Food Bank, the Easter Seals-Goodwill building, and the Arvon Block building. Currently, GFDA is assisting with the West Bank Landing, an extensive effort to clean up the site of a former refinery and county shops to develop a hotel, retail space, restaurants and housing along the Missouri River. The resources provided today will enable GFDA to continue to support high-priority projects that will create new jobs and economic opportunities. Potential future project locations include the Rocky Mountain Building and the Old Clinic Building in the city’s downtown area.
The Bear Paw Development Corporation has successfully used EPA Brownfields funds to support redevelopment projects in communities such as Havre, Big Sandy, Harlem and Malta in north-central Montana where local interests have identified cleanup needs and opportunities for new businesses and amenities. BPDC has seen an increased demand for Brownfields funding with several projects that are in both the planning and cleanup completion stages, including Four Way Fuel and the Big Sandy Hotel projects in Big Sandy, the Equity Co-op site in Harlem, and Havre City Hall.
The money is coming from the EPA Brownfields revolving loan fund.
The Great Falls development authority will use it's award to assist with clean up of high priority projects similar to the West Bank Landing Development.
A project turn a former refinery location into a hotel, restaurant, and retail space.
A news release says potential future projects could include the Rocky Mountain and the Old Clinic buildings in Downtown Great Falls.