Funding is available throughout the three communities for eligible Phase I and Phase II environmental site assessments (ESA's), public health monitoring, cleanup planning, and community outreach activities.
What is a Brownfields?
As defined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a brownfields is "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." Often, it is the PERCEPTION of contamination that keeps properties from being redeveloped. Once the "stigma" is gone, properties can be returned to productive use.
Where Do Brownfields Exist?
Almost all communities in Florida are affected by brownfields sites, although not always visible. Abandoned and underutilized properties exist in big communities, small towns, suburbs, and in rural areas which may include former gas stations, dry cleaners, industrial and commercial areas, manufacturing facilities, abandoned fuel tanks, residential areas, or greenspaces and parks.
How Does This Benefit Your Community?
The mission of the Southeast Volusia Corridor Improvement Coalition (SVCIC) is to empower Coalition communities and other stakeholders in economic redevelopment to work as partners to redevelop underused or vacated properties. The grant will assist in providing financial support and technical assistance for brownfields activities by promoting partnerships, assessing environmental conditions, strengthening the economic marketplace, sustaining reuse of underutilized properties, and protecting public health and the environment.
How Does This Brownfields Grant Benefit You?
An ESA is a free service. The grant is funded by the U.S. EPA to conduct Phase I and, if necessary, Phase II ESAs on eligible brownfields properties at no cost to you. Your property becomes re-developable and more marketable. In addition, these assessments will fulfill the due diligence requirements often requires as part of a property transfer or acquisition.
What's Included in an Environmental Assessment?
A Phase I ESA is a preliminary examination of a property to determine the potential for contamination. It includes a review of existing and historical land uses and records, a site visit to visually inspect the property, and interviews with current and past owners. Based on these findings, a Phase I ESA report is generated outlining any recognized environmental conditions (RECs) associated with the property that may complicate the intended outcome for the property. If RECs are not identified, the property is immediately cleared for reuse/redevelopment. If RECs are identified, a Phase II assessment may be necessary which includes the collection of actual soil and/or groundwater samples for chemical analysis. Grant funds will also be used to facilitate cleanup and redevelopment planning for properties where contamination has been identified above regulatory levels and to assist property owners with determining the appropriate state programs to address contamination issues. However, remediation, waste disposal, and site reconstruction/restoration are not included in the grant program.
Brownfields Grant Goals & Objectives
The goals of this grant are to assist communities along the Southeast Volusia Corridor with redevelopment of underutilized and blighted properties and address community environmental problems. In addition, the Coalition aims to achieve the following objectives:
Protect/improve environmental conditions and natural resources
Improve quality of life by reducing environmental contaminants
Develop parks, trails, and greenspace
Develop affordable housing
Address "food deserts"
Stimulate commercial and industrial growth
Who to Contact
Do you have an eligible property? If so, contact one of the Coalition Members or visit our website at www.cityofedgewater.org