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EPA To Clean Up, Rebuild 3 Contaminated Bronx Sites For Affordable Housing Project

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Several contaminated properties in the Bronx are on their way to being cleaned up and rebuilt as affordable housing thanks to $300,000 in federal grants and loans.

The funding announcement was made on Friday by the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

Rep. Jose Serrano said Monday that the money will “help continue the revitalization” of Bronx neighborhoods.

The three sites are part of the EPA’s brownfields program, which helps cleanse and reuse properties with moderate contamination.

Two of the properties will be rebuilt into 57 affordable apartments, two-thirds of which will be coupled with social services for residents. The third property is to be turned into 95 apartments for formerly homeless people.

Problems at the Bronx cleanup sites include higher-than-desired levels of metals in soil and pesticides in groundwater, according to documents from the New York City Office of Environmental Mediation.

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