City of Waynesboro Hopes to Attract New Business through Assessment

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

WAYNESBORO, Va.---The City of Waynesboro is working to redevelop downtown. One of the projects to do this will assess sites for possible hazardous materials or petroleum contamination downtown and East Main corridor.

The city will use a $400,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to complete the Brownfields Redevelopment Planning Project.

Two-thirds of the money will be used to look at the contamination of sites and one-third will go toward developing plans to attract investment in the area.

Director of Planning Michael Barnes said there is a misconception that many of these sites are contaminated because of Waynesboro's industrial heritage.

"It's likely that there is contamination in some of these sites. But I think what we will probably find is that contamination isn't so significant as to posing problems for redevelopment. Again we are trying to get rid of the perception that they can't be redeveloped."

The assessment will start in a few weeks. Barnes said the city welcomes community input to develop plans to attract investment.

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