Property Reuse and Revitalization Program

Program Overview

Brownfields Assessment Grant

In 2021 Apache County and a Coalition of cities that include Eagar, Holbrook, Pinetop-Lakeside, St. Johns and Springerville was awarded a $600,000 Brownfield Assessment grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to transform underutilized, vacant, abandoned properties and those that have, or may be perceived to have environmental impacts or regulated building materials (also known as “brownfields) from liabilities into assets that revitalize the community and bring neighborhoods back to life.

The grant is managed by Apache County with assistance from an environmental consulting team led by Stantec Consulting Services Inc. (Stantec). It has been used to create the Apache County Property Reuse and Revitalization Program. Funding for the program is available on a first come, first served basis until September 30, 2024 or until all funds are used.

Guiding Principles

  • Prioritize use of grant funds on property that will attract investors and become a catalyst for new employment opportunities and a sustainable job base.
  • Promote infill development that maximizes use of existing space, infrastructure and utilities.
  • Remove redevelopment barriers by addressing unknown site conditions and creating shovel ready sites.
  • Invest in sites that will generate public and private revenue. 
  • Transform blighted areas into thriving neighborhoods.
  • Protect public health and the environment. 
  • Promote public participation and input on priority redevelopment areas and sites.

What are the benefits of brownfield redevelopment?

Property owners, business owners, and developers who cleanup and reuse brownfields provide benefits to themselves and their community, including:

  • Removing unknowns regarding site conditions that might hold up a future sale, financing agreement and/or redevelopment project.
  • Increasing return from the property by making it more valuable and marketable.
  • Contributing to economic prosperity and environmental restoration in the community.
  • Making neighborhoods safer and healthier.
  • Avoiding actions by regulatory agencies that may impose penalties and costly cleanups.
  • Reducing potential impacts from and to adjacent properties.
  • This is not an enforcement program so there is no obligation to cleanup a property or take any action once an assessment has been completed. 

How can you use grant funding for your property?

Funding is available to parties interested in receiving free environmental site assessments (ESAs) and regulated building material (RBM) surveys, developing site cleanup/reuse plans in support of property sale or redevelopment. Property owners, business owners, and developers are encouraged to take advantage of this funding opportunity that will further economic development initiatives, protect public health, and restore the environment!

How do I...

1. Nominate a property for an assessment or cleanup plan?

To enroll in the program and nominate a property for a free assessment or cleanup plan, the owner just needs to follow the four simple steps listed below:

  • Step 1: Complete a Site Nomination Form
  • Step 2: Submit the form to Matthew Fish
  • Step 3: Have the EPA or Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) approve the site’s eligibility
  • Step 4: Sign access agreement with Apache County and have the consultant start the assessment!

4. Ask questions and get additional information?

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