- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 23, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The state has awarded $3.7 million in grants to clean up contaminated property and promote redevelopment.

Fourteen grants for site preparation and redevelopment projects will be issued to municipalities, nonprofits and private entities throughout the state.

Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo says the projects will clean up blighted properties, create jobs, open up valuable real estate and promote public health.

The five site preparation grants range from $23,760 to $100,000.

The nine redevelopment grants, which fund remediation and redevelopment, were awarded to sites with an approved cleanup plan. They range from $150,000 to $712,000.

Voters approved creating a Brownfields Remediation and Economic Development Fund in 2014.

The funding covers up to 80 percent of project costs.

It’s estimated that Rhode Island has 10,000 to 12,000 brownfields sites, many in urban areas.

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