Williams Commends Passage of State Budget
June 28, 2021
Today, state Senator Sandra Williams (D-Cleveland) applauded the passage of House Bill 110, the $75 billion state operating budget, which includes provisions to provide $350 million to a newly developed Brownfield Remediation Fund and $150 million to the Building Demolition and Site Revitalization Fund.
“Ohio has a number of abandoned and unaddressed brownfield spaces. The very reason I sponsored Senate Bill 83 and Senate Bill 84 in this General Assembly is to provide resources to our communities to clean up these sites,” said Williams. “Many of these sites create barriers between neighborhoods, stifle economic investment, blemish the beauty of our communities and contribute to dangerous environmental injustices. The funding included in this legislation creates an opportunity to eliminate these sites across the state.”
H. B. 110 creates the Brownfield Remediation Program through the Department of Development to award grants for the remediation of brownfield sites throughout Ohio. The Department of Development is required to reserve $1 million in funding for each county ($88 million statewide) or a proportionate share for each county if the amount appropriated for the program is less than that amount. The remaining dollars will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.
“The inclusion of funding for the Brownfield Remediation Fund and Building Demolition and Revitalization Fund in this state operating budget proves what I have been championing all along,” said Williams. “Ohio is ready to clean up brownfields and the old abandoned properties that plague our communities. We need to make sure our neighborhoods are safe, without blight, to ensure environmental justice and a growing economy for all Ohioans.”
H. B. 110 also creates the Building Demolition and Site Revitalization Program within the Department of Development to award grants for the demolition of commercial and residential buildings and revitalization of surrounding properties on sites that are not brownfields. H. B. 110 reserves $500,000 in funding for each county ($44 million statewide). The remaining funding will also be awarded on a first come, first-served basis.