Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Program
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Brownfields Area-Wide Planning is an EPA grant program which provides funding to recipients to conduct research, technical assistance and training that will result in an area-wide plan and implementation strategy for key brownfield sites, which will help inform the assessment, cleanup and reuse of brownfields properties and promote area-wide revitalization. Funding is directed to specific areas, such as a neighborhood, downtown district, local commercial corridor, or city block, affected by a single large or multiple brownfield sites.
New Brownfields Area Wide Planning (BF AWP) Grantees Selected
EPA is awarding approximately $4 million in grants to 20 communities across the country to assist with planning for cleanup and reuse of Brownfields sites as part of the Brownfields Area-Wide Planning (AWP) program. EPA will award up to $200,000 per recipient so they can engage the community and conduct Brownfields planning activities to consider brownfields site reuses in conjunction with community assets. The projects were selected using criteria which, among other things, demonstrates the applicant's ability to advance livability principles, support local and regional planning efforts, and engage community members throughout the project.
- EPA News Release March 9, 2015
- Search here for BF AWP Awardee Fact Sheets
- List of 2015 BF AWP Awardees (PDF) (1p, 188KB, about PDF)
- List of 2015 BF AWP grant applicants (PDF) (2p, 75.7KB, about PDF)
Getting Started - Preparing Your Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Grant Proposal
Some applicants find it difficult to prepare their grant proposals within 60 days, the typical amount of time the Request for Proposals (RFP) allows until the proposals are due. However, there are several activities that applicants can perform in advance of the RFP being made publically available. Potential applicants for our Brownfields Area-Wide Planning grants can get a head start with proposal preparation by familiarizing themselves with the document below, discussing possible projects with local partners and stakeholders, pulling together important information, and working with their local Brownfields contacts to resolve any questions about brownfields site eligibility. We hope this information will help applicants prepare a thorough, well-organized, and timely proposal.
Ideas and Lessons Learned from the BF AWP Pilot Communities
We are pleased to share the following compilation of ideas and key lessons learned on brownfields area-wide planning (BF AWP), based on the experiences 23 pilot communities. Included in this report are ideas, advice and examples on project approaches that the pilot communities found particularly useful, constructive and effective for helping AWP grantees successfully manage their process and develop a plan implementation strategy. We thank the BF AWP pilot communities for sharing their experiences, ideas, lessons learned and project pictures.
- Summary of BF AWP Pilot Ideas and Lessons Learned (PDF) (5 pp, 446KB)
- Full Report of BF AWP Pilot Ideas and Lessons Learned (PDF) (54 pp, 2.66MB)
Brownfields Area-Wide Planning projects are part of the HUD-DOT-EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities (http://www.sustainablecommunities.gov/index.html).
This Partnership is focused on helping communities nationwide improve access to affordable housing, more transportation options, and lower transportation costs while protecting the environment. Through a set of guiding livability principles and a partnership agreement that will guide the agencies' efforts, this partnership will coordinate federal housing, transportation, and other infrastructure investments to protect the environment, promote equitable development, and help to address the challenges of climate change.
Partnership information on Key Resources, including Economic Development and Brownfields Redevelopment: http://www.sustainablecommunities.gov/toolsKeyResources.html.
23 Communities selected for FY10 Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Pilot Program
EPA is providing assistance to 23 communities to facilitate community involvement in developing an area-wide plan for brownfields assessment, cleanup and subsequent reuse. The pilot program recipients each received up to approximately $175,000 in grant funding and/or direct technical assistance from the Agency. Please click here for the list of pilot project award recipients (1 pg, 75K) by state.
EPA is piloting this area-wide planning approach to community brownfield challenges, which recognizes that revitalization of the area surrounding the brownfield site(s) is critical to the successful reuse of the property as assessment, cleanup, and redevelopment of an individual site. The area-wide planning approach will enhance EPA's core brownfields assistance programs by encouraging continued meaningful involvement in a locally-driven planning process that will result in a strategy for making brownfields site assessment, cleanup and/or redevelopment decisions for the future. The pilot program will help further community-based partnership efforts within underserved or economically disadvantaged neighborhoods by confronting local environmental and public health challenges related to brownfields, while creating a planning framework to advance economic development and job creation.
Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Federal Coordination Webinars (http://www.clu-in.org/live/archive/) These webinars highlight programs from Federal agencies that can help communities implement their community revitalization and redevelopment projects. The sessions were designed to enable brownfields communities to become more familiar with how Federal agencies operate locally and how their resources may be accessed/used.
Link to CLU-IN webinar archives: http://www.clu-in.org/live/archive/. The 5 webinars that are archived are:
- March 7, 2011: Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Webinar 1 (overview presentation of Federal resources)
- April 27, 2011: Area-Wide Planning Coordination Opportunities (presentation on DOT/ FTA & FHWA programs and resources)
- May 5, 2011: Area-Wide Planning Coordination Opportunities: Economic Development Administration and US Dept of Agriculture
- June 29, 2011: Area-Wide Planning: Coordination Opportunities with HUD
- February 8, 2012: Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Federal Resources - 2012 Update
FY10 Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Pilot Project Fact Sheets and Project Websites
- Atlanta, GA (PDF) (1 pg, 182K) Project focused on numerous brownfields in five redevelopment locations (tax allocation districts) in southwest Atlanta, connected by commercial and industrial corridors. http://www.AtlantaBrownfieldPrograms.com
- Aurora, CO (PDF) (1 pg, 182K) Project targeted brownfields reuse in the western half of the Montview corridor in northwest Aurora in an area known as Westerly Creek Village. https://www.auroragov.org/DoingBusiness/CityPlanning/PlansandStudies/WesterlyCreekVillage/index.htm
- Cleveland, OH (PDF) (1 pg, 183K) Project area was the Kinsman and Lower Buckeye neighborhoods located in the Cleveland Opportunity Corridor. Historic industrial uses have resulted in the area’s many brownfield sites.
- Communities for a Better Environment, Huntington Park, CA (PDF) (1 pg, 227K) Project area targeted the Huntington Park Brown-to-Green project area, home to heavy manufacturing operations until the 1960s. http://www.cbecal.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/CBE-Huntington-Park-Brown-to-Green-Report1.pdf
- Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, WA (PDF) (1 pg, 195K) Project focused around two brownfields sites within approximately one mile of each other in the Nespelem District of the Colville Indian Reservation.
- Denver, CO (PDF) (1 pg, 181K) Project area was the South Platte River Brownfields Area, a quarter-mile buffer along the 11-mile riverfront. Website: www.denvergov.org/southplatte
- Desarrollo Integral del Sur, Inc. (for Municipalities of Peñuelas and Guayanilla, PR) (PDF) (1 pg, 206K) Project area was a 3,500-acre industrial area with former petroleum and chemical manufacturing and distribution sites. Area included nine neighborhoods in the rural Municipalities of Peñuelas and Guayanilla.
- Goshen, IN (PDF) (1 pg, 139K) Project focused on the 9th Street Corridor industrial brownfields area, surrounded by residential areas and several schools. http://www.goshenindiana.org/content/redevelopment
- Ironbound Community Corporation, Newark, NJ (PDF) (1 pg, 196K) Project area was the Ironbound community, in the East Ward of Newark, which includes residential and recreational areas. Many manufacturing operations have closed, leaving behind brownfields and deteriorating infrastructure.
- Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, San Diego, CA (PDF) (1 pg, 197K) Project area was the Village at Market Creek, an area with multiple brownfield sites in the center of the Diamond Neighborhoods of southeastern San Diego. http://www.jacobscenter.org/_pdf/BF_AWP.pdf
- Kalispell, MT (PDF) (1 pg, 200K) Project focused on the Core Revitalization Area (CRA), located in downtown Kalispell. The CRA generally follows historic railroad tracks and contains multiple brownfields http://www.kalispell.com/community_economic_development/
- Kansas City, MO (PDF) (1 pg, 191K) Project area was the Municipal Farm property in the Eastwood Hills neighborhood. The property encompasses several municipal institutional sites that have either known or perceived environmental risks. http://municipalfarmkc.com/
- Lowell, MA (PDF) (1 pg, 189K) Project area was the Tanner Street Corridor, which is mostly heavy and light industrial, with some commercial and residential areas on the periphery.
- Monaca, PA (PDF) (1 pg, 204K) Project included four brownfields areas in the communities of Midland, Monaca, Aliquippa, and Coraopolis, which lie along the 45-mile Ohio River Corridor. The four areas include many brownfield sites, which are primarily former steel mill-related and small-scale industrial lands. http://www.ohioriverbrownfields.com/
- San Francisco Parks Alliance (formerly Neighborhood Parks Council), CA(PDF) (1 pg, 199K) Project area was the Blue Greenway, a 13-mile corridor along the city’s southeastern waterfront, where open spaces will be linked together for new recreational opportunities. The area includes brownfields from heavy industrial uses, sewer treatment plants and power generation facilities. http://bluegreenway.org/
- New Bern, NC (PDF) (1 pg, 201K) Project focused on the Five Points neighborhood, an area adjacent to the city’s downtown historic district. The Five Points neighborhood contains multiple brownfields, including abandoned gas stations, former dry cleaners, and many underutilized buildings. www.newbernrenaissance.com
- Ogdensburg, NY (PDF) (1 pg, 212K) Project area included waterfront properties along the St. Lawrence and Oswegatchie Rivers. The majority of the city’s brownfields and vacant lands lie on this waterfront.
- Phoenix, AZ (PDF) (1 pg, 193K) Project area targeted the Del Rio Area located in the center of Phoenix along Rio Salado. Within the project area are three high priority brownfields sites for the city. http://phoenix.gov/greenphoenix/land/brownfields/delrio/index.html
- Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (for Chicopee, MA) (PDF) (1 pg, 200K) Project focused on downtown Chicopee’s West End neighborhood, once home to major manufacturers of textiles, munitions, and shoes. These former uses have left many brownfield sites in the area.
- Ranson, WV (PDF) (1 pg, 198K) Project targeted the 1.5-mile Commerce Corridor along the Ranson-Charles Town border. The Commerce Corridor contains numerous brownfield sites. www.ransonrenewed.com
- Roanoke, VA (PDF) (1 pg, 197K) Project focused on the Rail Corridor Planning Area, which includes portions of four neighborhoods. Economic shifts and changes in transportation have left many brownfields and other underused, vacant, or abandoned properties, many of which are located near densely populated residential areas. http://www.roanokeva.gov/85256A8D0062AF37/vwContentByKey/N28DWLVZ122BTFKEN
- Sanford, ME (PDF) (1 pg, 200K) Project area was the Mill Yard located in downtown Sanford. Area was once the economic heart of town and has a history of extensive industrial use which left behind brownfield sites.
- Tulsa, OK (PDF) (1 pg, 201K)Project focused on the Evans/Fintube property and surrounding communities in northern Tulsa. This area includes many brownfields in the form of abandoned structures, vacant lots, and active industrial facilities that are adjacent to residential and recreational areas. http://www.cityoftulsa.org/our-city/economic-development/brownfields.aspx
FY2013 Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Grant Guidelines – Request for Proposals
These grants may be used by communities to facilitate community involvement in developing an area-wide plan for brownfields assessment, cleanup and subsequent reuse on a catalyst site and other high-priority brownfield sites. Each grant is funded up to $200,000 for two years. The proposal submission deadline is November 30, 2012.
- FY2013 Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Grant Guidelines (PDF) (55 pp, 448K)
- Frequently Asked Questions (PDF) (24 pp, 255K)
- AWP Guidelines Review Webinar Slides
- AWP Guidelines Review Webinar Partial Audio (partial audio - started 15 minutes into presentation)
2010 Request for Proposals (RFP) and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- Request for Proposals — Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Pilot Program
- Frequently Asked Questions — (UPDATED 5-24-10) Request for Proposals (RFP) - Questions and Answers (PDF) (18 pp, 100K)