- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 29, 2016

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Maine’s largest city wants to identify and clean up potentially polluted sites in one of its emerging neighborhoods.

Portland’s East Bayside neighborhood was selected last year as one of 20 communities in the country to receive a $200,000 brownfield planning grant from the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

City officials say they will meet with the Greater Portland Council of Governments and environmental consulting firm Woodard & Curran on Thursday for an afternoon of events designed to identify East Bayside brownfields.

East Bayside was a longtime industrial area that is transitioning into a popular neighborhood for artists, brewers and food industry professionals. It’s also one of the poorest census tracks in Maine.

City officials say the goal of identifying brownfields is to make way for redevelopment of new uses like housing.

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