The resources below may be available to help assess, cleanup, and redevelop Brownfields within the city.
The City has recently been awarded a 2018 EPA Brownfields Assessment grant. Funding will be available in October of 2018 until 2021. Those wishing to apply for Phase I and Phase II Assessments will be asked to submit a letter of intent. Further information about eligibility requirements will be made available in the coming months. For more information contact Community Development staff.
Brownfields Cleanup Revolving Loan Fund
For nonprofit borrowers, 25% of a loan up to $100,000 may be forgiven. For-profit borrowers may be eligible for loans at below market interest rates. This fund requires the applicant be a Non-Responsible Party with a Voluntary Cleanup Contract. More information is available on the Appalachian Council of Government's website.
EPA Cleanup Grants
The EPA periodically offers competitive grants for up to $200,000 for cleanup. Only Non-Responsible Parties are eligible.
South Carolina Abandoned Building Tax Credit
This credit is available for commercial buildings that are at least 66% abandoned for 5 years. The tax credit is equal to 25% of the cost of rehabilitating property against either state income taxes and corporate license fees, or property taxes. Contact us or call the South Carolina Department of Revenue at 803-898-5557.
South Carolina Brownfields Tax Credit
This tax credit is up to $50,000 per year, with a 10% bonus in the final year of cleanup. Call the South Carolina Department of Revenue at 803-898-5557.
Voluntary Cleanup Program
This program entails a Voluntary Cleanup Contract (VCC) with SCDHEC, and it may be able to help limit your liability for cleanup of a brownfield property. A Non-Responsible Party VCC provides the most benefit when it is entered prior to property acquisition, and it can detail the Phase II work to be completed. Additionally, the following federal tax credits may be used to help fund brownfield redevelopment