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HUD announces jobs, brownfield plan

Two sites in Philadelphia will be overhauled and rejuvenated with a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Two sites in Philadelphia will be overhauled and rejuvenated with a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

In six cities across the country, moving trucks may be a more common sight, as the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development recently announced a $13.3 million project to create jobs and stimulate further growth. Nearly 2,000 permanent jobs will be created to transform and revitalize brownfields that currently sit untouched in areas that most often were industrial sites.

The areas included are in Cleveland and Toledo in Ohio; two in Philadelphia; Santa Rosa, California; Taunton, Massachusetts; and Ranson, West Virginia. Each site will get at least $1 million, with the most money going to build up Philadelphia's Bakers Centre, which was awarded a $3 million grant.

"These grants, and the other investments they generate, will not only help redevelop environmentally distressed areas in these cities, they’ll put people to work,” said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. “This is a win-win for these cities. The funding we announce today creates jobs while reversing years of neglect in areas that are ripe for economic development and even more job growth in the future.”

Brownfields often present environmental hazards, but they also tend to affect areas around the site. The revitalization of these six sites will aim to rejuvenate not only the brownfields but areas around them, creating more economic growth, housing and jobs.