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River Wards Receive $200K to Turn Brownfields Green

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Philadelphia is among 20 cities receiving $200,000 grants in order to clean up brownfields (sites contaminated by industrial pollution). The revitalization efforts will focus on community involvement, and prioritize sites around the Delaware River.

The application also identified "catalyst sites" that would take high priority. Among these sites is the former Philadelphia Coke Co. site at 4501 Richmond Street in Bridesburg. The site, affectionately known as the "Cokie" site, is already the focus of a community working group that aims to bring the site back into use.

Though reuse proposals that include retail and residential uses are favored, other uses will be considered. Community input meetings about the future of the resuscitated sites will begin in 2014.
· City gets 200K to fix up post-industrial land, Port Richmond and Bridesburg are at top of list to receive help [Fishtown Star]
· Neighbors Meet to Discuss "Cokie" Site [Spirit of the River Wards]