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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The City of Wilmington is clearing the site of an old gas station to help spur development in the neighborhood.

Crews are removing four underground gas tanks at 406 Dawson Street. The city says the site has been vacant for years and qualifies as a Brownfields site, which makes it eligible for federal funding to help with clean-up of the property.

A Brownfields site is an abandoned or underused property where expansion or redevelopment is complicated by potential environmental contaminants, the city says.

A news release from the city says redeveloping sites such as the gas station is an example of the city’s current focus on infill and redevelopment of properties already inside the city limits as another way to stimulate economic development.

In 2011, Wilmington received a $400,000 grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency to develop and implement a Brownfields program. The city used the grant to identify potential Brownfield properties and perform some environmental assessments.

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