(WBRE/WYOU) Recently Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties received more than $1 million combined for a Brownfield Redevelopment grant from the U.S Environmental Protection Agency.

Brownfields are former industrial or commercial sites where future use is being halter because of environmental contamination. 

Lackawanna County received $600,000 to conduct up to 25 site assessments and complete clean up plans for at least ten. One of those sites is in downtown Scranton at Linden Street and Wyoming Avenue. The county will use part of the money to do remediation work 

Scranton Tomorrow, the city’s non-profit economic development organization, plans to use $400,000 state grant to add a green space for residents to use.

“Green space, flowering beds, hopefully a small performance space, arts space so that it can be used for first Friday and be used for downtown events,” said Joshua Mast, President of Scranton Tomorrow. 

Sometime this summer the county plans to start the remediation. Then the park project will start this fall and be completed by spring 2020.

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