HELENA – The Montana Department of Environmental Quality’s Brownfields Program and its partners recently remediated two contaminated properties in Missoula, allowing redevelopment of the properties into 13 affordable housing units.
In partnership with the City of Missoula’s Brownfields Program and the North Missoula Community Development Corporation, DEQ removed and replaced two feet of lead-contaminated soils at the Lee Gordon Place property on East Front Street. NMCDC then constructed seven townhouses that are reserved for sale to Missoulians making 80 percent or less of the Area Median Income. The townhouses will remain permanently affordable through lease restrictions. Applications for purchase of the homes will be accepted until Feb. 1. For more information, visit: http://bit.ly/LeeGordonPlace
DEQ also partnered with the City of Missoula’s Brownfields Program and the nonprofit Homeword to oversee the removal of residual petroleum and arsenic-contaminated soils at 1717 Montana St. Homeword is now constructing six small homes on the site, which are expected to be completed in March 2019 and will be available to households earning 80 percent or less of the AMI. For more information on the Montana Street homes, visit: http://bit.ly/MontanaStreetHomes
DEQ recently provided both NMCDC and Homeword with Ready for Redevelopment/No Further Action letters, signifying the finalization of the remediation.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Brownfields Program performed the initial hazardous substance assessments at both the Lee Gordon Place and Montana Street properties.
For more information about DEQ’s Brownfields Program, visit: http://deq.mt.gov/Land/brownfields