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HUD No. 98-597
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Or contact your local HUD officeNovember 14, 1998


Housing and Urban Development Secretary Andrew Cuomo today announced $6.5 million in assistance for Nassau County and Glen Cove, NY to revitalize the waterfront in Glen Cove as a port for a high speed ferry and a regional tourism destination. The project is expected to create 620 jobs.

Cuomo said Nassau County will receive a $500,000 Brownfields Economic Development Initiative Grant and $6 million in Economic Development Loan Guarantees for the project in Glen Cove, under a HUD program that transforms polluted and abandoned commercial and industrial sites known as brownfields into productive businesses, housing and recreational developments.

HUD funds will be used to help buy and clean up a site known as Captain's Cove, which is included in the Glen Cove Creek Waterfront Revitalization Plan that is returning 214 acres of environmentally contaminated property back to productive use. The estimated total project costs are $12.5 million.

"The assistance we're announcing today is an investment in a cleaner environment and a brighter future for Nassau County and Glen Cove," Cuomo said. "Around the nation, we are taking polluted sites once given up for dead and bringing them back to life. They will be reborn to provide new jobs for workers today and for our children tomorrow."

"Working in partnership with neighborhood residents, businesses and other government agencies, we are proving that the best days of these brownfields are not in the past, but in the future," Cuomo added. "Brownfields can be cleaned up, they can be made safe, and they can once again become powerful engines for job creation and economic growth."

Cuomo participated from Washington via television satellite in a Glen Cove news conference with Mayor Thomas R. Suozzi to announce the assistance to the community.

Mayor Suozzi said: "All of us in Glen Cove are excited about the support we have received from HUD and from Secretary Cuomo for our Waterfront Revitalization Plan. We are excited because the money from this grant will be used to cleanup the environment, to provide economic opportunity, and to make our dream of a revitalized Glen Cove waterfront a reality."

Brownfields include abandoned factories and other industrial facilities, gasoline stations, oil storage facilities, dry cleaning stores, and other businesses that dealt with polluting substances.

Mayors across the country have made brownfields redevelopment a top priority. Dee Dee Corradini, President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors and Mayor of Salt Lake City, said: "This HUD program is a unique effort to help cities economically revitalize and reintegrate formerly contaminated urban properties into their communities. Mayors look forward to working with HUD to implement the FY99 round of this key program."

Since 1993, the Clinton Administration has taken a series of actions to clean up and redevelop brownfields and return them to productive use, including: providing seed money to communities for revitalization; removing regulatory barriers to redevelopment; and providing a targeted tax incentive to businesses that purchase and clean up these sites.

In May 1997, Vice President Gore announced the Clinton Administration's Brownfields National Partnership, which brings together the resources of more than 20 federal agencies to address brownfields cleanup and redevelopment issues in a coordinated approach. Through the National Partnership, HUD is working closely with other federal agencies to provide communities with the financial and technical assistance necessary to revitalize brownfields.

Federal Housing Finance Board Chairman Bruce A. Morrison said that two weeks ago the Board adopted a regulation expanding the authority of Federal Home Loan Banks to make advances for economic development targeted to brownfields. "We look forward to continuing to work with HUD to bring the nation's cities together with the Federal Home Loan Banks and their community bank members to develop brownfields as productive economic assets in our urban areas," he said.

More information about brownfields redevelopment activities is available on HUD's web site or by calling 1-800-998-9999.

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