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Brooke Glass Site Receives $77,000 From EPA

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 Over $70,000 has been given to a local business development group working to breathe new life into a former glass factory.

The Business Development Corporation for Brooke and Hancock County just received $77,000 from the Environmental Protection Agency to begin the phase two assessment at the former Brooke Glass site. A phase two assessment identifies any hazardous materials on site that must be removed as part of the site cleanup and re-development - something BDC Director Pat Ford said is absolutely necessary in order for any potential buyers to take the next step towards purchasing the site. Ford said, "Those assessments need to be completed or we won't able to get any financing or a prospect won't be able to get any financing, so no bank is going to loan a prospect money unless there is a phase two completed."

Ford said the biggest challenge was securing the site, and the next step in this process is getting a contractor to assess the cost to re-mediate the contamination they expect is there and also the cost to tear it down. They will then put together a funding package to prepare the site for economic development and have a final report by late summer just in time to use that information for a clean up grant.