BROWNFIELDS STEERING COMMITTEE MEETINGS
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Community Development Coordinator
The City of New Bern was recently awarded two (2) City-wide Brownfields Assessment Grants by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) in the amount of $200,000 each: one to assess potential Petroleum sites and one for potential Hazardous Substances sites.
WHAT ARE BROWNFIELDS?
The US EPA defines brownfields as, “real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.” These properties are generally abandoned or underutilized commercial properties that were once occupied by:
- Filling stations
- Mills or factories
- Dry cleaners
- Other businesses or industries that may have caused contamination of the property
HOW WILL WE USE THE FUNDS?
The goal of the City’s Brownfields Program is to redevelop these properties for commercial and/or residential use.
The City plans to use these grants to:
- Conduct an inventory of sites throughout the City of New Bern, and then prioritize them
- Conduct the following Environmental Site Assessments:
- Phase I – ten (10) Petroleum and ten (10) Hazardous Substances sites
- Phase II – five (5) Petroleum and three (3) Hazardous Substances sites
- Prepare an Analysis of Brownfields Cleanup Alternatives (ABCA) to present the findings of the assessments and an evaluation of cleanup alternatives.
Although a City-wide inventory will be conducted, these grants will primarily focus on three (3) areas: brownfields focus areas
- Five Points
- Broad Street corridor from Queen Street to Craven Street
More detailed information regarding the City’s plans, including timeframes, are included in our workplan (DRAFT). Link to BROWNFIELDS ASSESSMENT COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT - draft.pdf
WHAT ARE PHASE I AND PHASE II ESAs?
Phase I ESAs review the historical uses of a property to determine if the past uses could have impacted soil or groundwater at the site.
Phase II ESAs include actual testing and analysis of samples of the soil and/or groundwater to determine if the past uses have resulted in contamination of the soil or groundwater, and the location and extent of specific contaminants. A Phase II ESA is conducted only if the Phase I results show a potential for contamination to have occurred.
HOW CAN YOU BENEFIT FROM THESE GRANTS?
A privately owned property may have good potential for redevelopment, however, the redevelopment of the property is being held up by suspected contamination. The Property Owner may allow the City to conduct an assessment of the property to determine if it is, in fact, contaminated, and if so, what contaminates are present. This can make the property more attractive to potential developers, since they will know what they have to deal with.
For property owners whose sites are found to be contaminated, this grant will help develop a plan to clean up the property. These funds cannot be used to perform the clean up, but often a developer will pay to clean up the property as part of the redevelopment.
WHERE ARE WE NOW?
As of August 21, 2009, the City has issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for Environmental Consultants to assist City staff with managing the Brownfields program. Responses from interested consultants are due no later than 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 17, 2009.
Link to REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS.pdf
WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?
The City will be conducting community outreach regarding the Brownfields Program beginning in the near future and will include :
- Conducting Public Meetings
- Web page enhancements and frequent updates
- Forming a Brownfields Steering Committee to help with selection of the sites on which the Phase I and Phase II ESAs will be performed.
WHERE DO I GO FOR MORE INFORMATION?
You may contact the City’s Brownfields Program Manager, Sue Steinhauser, Community Development Coordinator at: (252) 639-7586 or email@example.com.
Additional information regarding Brownfields may be found at the following websites:
US EPA BROWNFIELDS PROGRAM www.epa.gov/brownfields/
North Carolina Brownfields Program www.ncbrownfields.org/