Last October the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that twenty-three communities around the country had been selected to receive grants to develop area-wide plans for putting brownfield properties back into use. (Brownfield properties are areas with environmental contamination, or at least potential contamination, that discourages prospective buyers or developers. They are often abandoned industrial sites.) One of those communities, the only one in Indiana to receive a grant, was Goshen, which had submitted a proposal to redevelop brownfield areas in its Ninth Street Corridor.
Goshen, in turn, solicited proposals for putting the $175,000 grant into action. On Monday, the City's Board of Public Works and Safety opened thirteen proposals from companies and their partners from ten states, including Indiana businesses from Fishers, Zionsville, Indianapolis, Munster, Elkhart, South Bend, Mishawaka, Fort Wayne, and, of course, Goshen. More details are available in this article from the Goshen News.
The grant arises from the Partnership for Sustainable Communities, a cooperative effort started in 2009 between the EPA and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. However, Goshen began its work much, much earlier.
In 2004, Goshen published its Comprehensive Plan that established its visions and goals for the next ten years, including plans for revitalization and redevelopment. One of the specific areas targeted for redevelopment was the Ninth Street Corridor, an industrial area with at least 61 brownfield properties, surrounded by residential areas and schools. As a direct result of Goshen's advance planning and the Sustainable Communities grant, the community, the state, and probably some Hoosier businesses will likely benefit.