Dear Media,

I have attached a copy of the application submitted by the Downtown Management District to the federal government which resulted in a $600,000 grant to conduct a Brownfield inventory in the heart of downtown El Paso. I have also attached a DMD PowerPoint on the project and some “town hall” discussion notes.

Lo and behold, on page 5 of the application we read the following:

“Hazardous Substances: The grant will be used to identify legacy soil/groundwater contamination associated with brownfields in the target areas, and to identify remedial measures necessary to address those threats at priority sites. For example, grant funds will be used to complete RBM Surveys to remove asbestos/leadā€based paint from historic structures in support of adaptive reuse and/or demolition.”

Question: Why did the DMD apply for this grant rather than the City or County?

Never mind…