Two McCormack Baron Salazar communities receive EPA Technical Assistance Grants
The Near North Side of Saint Louis, MO and South City Memphis, TN were among six neighborhoods awarded the grants that provide free neighborhood development consultation. The grants, valued at around $20,000 each, will help both neighborhoods create comprehensive strategies for sustainable development. Sustainability experts from across the country, led by Global Green USA, will conduct three-day visits to each city. During the visits, they will learn about the current plans for the areas and provide recommendations for infrastructure and policy changes aimed at helping the communities build a future that is more resource-efficient, livable, healthy, equitable, and environmentally responsible.
The Near North Side was awarded a 2014 Choice Neighborhood Initiative Planning Grant from the U.S. Department of Urban Development and is working on a comprehensive master plan to revitalize the struggling neighborhood. McCormack Baron Salazar / Sunwheel Energy + Sustainability applied for the award in partnership with the City of St. Louis, the City of St. Louis Community Development Administration, the St. Louis Housing Authority, and Urban Strategies, Inc. to leverage the planning grant.
South City in Memphis, TN has undergone a similar master planning process through an earlier Choice Neighborhood Initiative Planning Grant and is a finalist for a $30 million grant under the 2014-2015 Choice Neighborhood Implementation Program. McCormack Baron Salazar / Sunwheel Energy + Sustainability applied for the award in partnership with the City of Memphis Sustainability Department and the Memphis Housing Authority.
The other cities awarded were Cincinnati, OH, New Orleans, LA, Phoenix, AZ and Seattle, WA.
You can read more about the grants here.