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East Bay Coalition Community Wide Brownfields Assessment Program Grant

a sub-project of the East Bay Corridor Initiative

Three drawings of San Pablo Ave. Specific Plan, City of El CerritoIn fall 2016, EPA awarded ABAG a $550,000 Community Wide Brownfields Assessment Program Grant to perform assessments of suspected high impact/catalyst sites (sites considered desirable for infill development or green space) along the International Blvd/East 14th Street and Mission Blvd corridor in Oakland, San Leandro, Hayward and unincorporated Alameda County.

EPA's Brownfields Assessment program is designed to help minimize the uncertainties of contamination often associated with brownfields. The program includes an "all appropriate inquiries" assessment or a Phase I and a more in-depth environmental site assessment or a Phase II which includes sampling activities to identify the types and concentrations of contaminants and the areas to be cleaned and in some cases an Alternative Brownfields Cleanup Analyses which is an evaluation of clean up options and or cost estimates based on future uses and redevelopment plans.

The grant funds will help these communities achieve brownfield identification, cleanup if needed and the desired outcome — land reuse.

The following summer, ABAG was awarded a second Community Wide Brownfields Assessment Program Grant in the amount of $600,000 for areas in Richmond, El Cerrito, unincorporated Contra Costa County, and BART.

Upon completion of the grant work, nearly 40 Phase I and 8 Phase II assessments will have been performed in these areas. Sites identified by the coalition have high probability for reuse and catalyst potential.

These grants represent a tremendous opportunity to advance the goals of the East Bay Corridor Initiative — to implement an integrated regional and local strategy for environmental, social and economic sustainability

To learn more about EPA’s Brownfield and Land Revitalization Programs, click https://www.epa.gov/brownfields.

For more information contact JoAnna Bullock at jbullock@bayareametro.gov