Millions of dollars provided for land cleanup efforts

Millions of dollars will be pumped into efforts to decontaminate swathes of San Francisco, state and federal officials announced Thursday.

The California Department of Toxic Substances Control and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced $5 million in grants and low-interest loans will be provided to turn contaminated property into land for apartments, retail shops, day care centers and a park.

“Our state and local partners are turning problem properties along San Francisco's central waterfront into community assets,” said Laura Yoshii, EPA's acting Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest, in a statement.

Funding will include:

  • A $1.675 million low-interest loan to clean up lead-contaminated land at 2235 Third Street, where 180 residential units and a restaurant, stores and day-care center are planned.
  • A $1.25 million low-interest loan to clean up lead-contaminated property at 178 Townsend Street in the South Beach neighborhood, where 94 apartments are planned.
  • A $200,000 grant to clean up land for a public park in Mission Bay near Interstate 280.

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