Franklin Park and Northlake are among seven near west suburban communities using grant funding from Cook County to redevelop "brownfield" locations. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency presented Cook County with a $600,000 Brownfields Assessment Grant in 2014, according to a news release. Those funds are being distributed among seven Cook County municipalities: Franklin Park, Bellwood, Forest Park, Melrose Park, Maywood, Northlake, and Schiller Park. The grant covers cost of the study and planning phases of a site's remediation. The seven Cook County municipalities benefiting from the grant at least 87 vacant, abandoned, or underused sites have been identified by the Center for Neighborhood Technology in these seven communities, according to a release.