- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - The city of Missoula has been awarded a $400,000 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant for redevelopment.

The Missoulian reports (https://bit.ly/1Ql5Hju ) that the money from the Brownsfields grant has not been allocated for any particular project, but will go to converting an industrial property to more general use.

Brownfields properties are sites that can be redeveloped but have potential environmental issues. They include former industrial sites, gasoline stations, abandoned buildings and vacant properties.

At a news conference Monday Mayor John Engen said the funding will help the city transition from an industrial timber town to a more diverse economy.

Later this week, developers will present their vision for converting a property once used as a garbage dump into a hotel and convention center, one of the proposed uses for the funds.

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Information from: Missoulian, https://www.missoulian.com

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