Attorney Erik Stumpfel associated with city and county that receive grants
The state of Maine will receive more than 4 Million dollars in EPA and Brownfield Grants. Rudman Winchell attorney Erik Stumpfel has been involved with two of the recipients, Old Town and Piscatiquis County.
Old Town, a first-time grantee, will be receiving three cleanup grants valued at $600,000 to remediate three parcels associated with the Old Town Canoe Factory site. It is the most visible site with the most redevelopment potential in the downtown area.
The Piscataquis County Economic Development Council is being awarded $800,000 in funds to capitalize a revolving loan fund. The EDC, which is based in Dover-Foxcroft, serves 17 towns in central Maine. In the past, the council has been awarded an assessment grant.
As Old Town’s city attorney, Erik was involved in creation of the TIF district that assisted Old Town Canoe’s new owner, Johnson Outdoors, in expanding and moving canoe and kayak production to Old Town’s Gilman Falls Road facility. As a result of the TIF-assisted expansion, existing jobs were retained and new jobs added in Old Town.
On the Piscataquis grant, Attorney Stumpfel was a member of PCEDC’s brownfields committee that identified potential brownfields sites in Piscataquis to establish eligibility for the $800,000 RLF grant. Among other sites, he helped identify about half a dozen former grade schools that had been closed in Piscataquis County in the past ten years or so, due to declining student populations and school consolidation, that have potential asbestos remediation issues; in addition to former mill sites, closed gas stations, etc.
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