Brownfields Site Reuse & Revitalization Program Overview

Vision: Revitalize vacant and underutilized (“brownfield”) properties throughout Aberdeen, Hoquiam and Cosmopolis to provide benefits to the community, including environmental restoration, job creation, increased property values, and reduced health risks.

Mission: Use EPA Brownfield Assessment Grant funding to inventory and prioritize brownfield sites for redevelopment, assess existing site conditions, and plan for cleanup and reuse of priority sites throughout our community.

Guiding Principles:


Program Background

The Site Reuse and Revitalization Program is funded by two U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Brownfields Assessment Grants awarded in 2017 to a Coalition led by the Grays Harbor Council of Governments (GHCOG) and supported by the Cities of Aberdeen, Hoquiam and Cosmopolis. The Program is managed by GHCOG with support from an environmental consulting team led by Stantec Consulting Services Inc. (Stantec). The grants will fund Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) and other cleanup/reuse activities at publicly and privately-owned brownfield sites over a three-year period (through September 2020).

The EPA defines brownfields as “real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential [i.e. perceived] presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.”

Environmental impacts from historic industrial operations and commercial activities have resulted in vacant and underutilized brownfield properties throughout Aberdeen, Hoquiam and Cosmopolis. Brownfields include derelict industrial sites along rail corridors, former dry cleaners and auto-related businesses in aging commercial corridors, and other vacant and underutilized commercial and industrial properties. Under contract with GHCOG, Stantec will assess environmental liabilities and develop cleanup/reuse plans to catalyze redevelopment throughout the community.

The Coalition is seeking candidate sites throughout the community to participate in this this exciting program! Please contact Vicki Cummings (vcummings@ghcog.org or 360-537-4386) to see if your property is eligible for grant funded activities.


Resources

  1. Site Nomination Form
  2. Community Member Fact Sheet
  3. Property Owner Fact Sheet
  4. Process Guide for Property Owners & Stakeholders
  5. Brownfield Grant Program Timeline
  6. Brownfield Site Examples
  7. Brownfield Site Revitalization Process
  8. Brownfield Site Redevelopment Success Stories

News & Announcements


Brownfield Advisory Committee/Community Meeting #1 - February 1, 2018

Materials and presentation from the first community meeting for the Grays Harbor Site Revitalization Program are available below.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is a brownfield?

Brownfields are vacant and underutilized properties previously used for industrial or commercial activities that may have resulted in contamination from petroleum or hazardous substances, but can be cleaned up and reused.

What are the benefits of brownfield redevelopment?

Property owners, businesses and developers who cleanup and reuse brownfields provide benefits to themselves and their communities, including:

Before Kent Highlands LandfillAfter Kent Highlands future developement park, community space, and housing

Kent, WA Highlands Brownfields Program Landfill Before and Rendering for Future Development

What will grant funds be used for?

Grant funding can be used to inventory, assess, and conduct cleanup/reuse planning for priority sites. Additional information is included on the Fact Sheets and Process Guide for Property Owners & Stakeholders provided in the Resources section.

What sites are eligible for grant funds?

Sites eligible for grant funded activities include private- or public-owned properties with known or suspected contamination and properties where sale, reuse, or redevelopment is planned. Eligibility is determined on a case-by-case basis. Eligible sites may include (but are not limited to):

Ineligible sites include those on the EPA National Priority “Superfund” List or targeted for any federal or state enforcement action.

What are the program requirements and timeline?

The program and funding is committed through September 2020. Participation is entirely voluntary and the property owner must provide site access for assessment activities.

To qualify for grant funding, sites must meet certain eligibility requirements (described above). If you are interested in taking advantage of the opportunity to use grant funding on your site and are unsure whether or not it meets eligibility requirements (described in the Process Guide for Property Owners & Stakeholders provided in the Resources section), please contact Vicki Cummings (vcummings@ghcog.org or 360-537-4386) for additional information.

For additional information, please refer to the Fact Sheets and other materials provided in the Resources section.

How do I nominate sites for use of grant funding?

Is there a site in your neighborhood or one that you own that you think would benefit from the EPA funding assistance? Property owners and community members are encouraged to nominate sites for use of grant funds by completing a Site Nomination Form (provided in the Resources section).

After a Site Nomination Form has been submitted by the property owner/representative, an eligibility determination request will be submitted to EPA on the owner’s behalf requesting approval for use of grant funding. If approved, the property owner will work with the environmental consultant (Stantec) to coordinate the environmental site assessment (ESA) and/or related activities. The owner will receive a report with findings and recommendations.


Contact Information

For additional information or to nominate a site for grant funding consideration, please contact:

Vicki Cummings, Executive Director
Grays Harbor Council of Governments
Phone: 360-537-4386
Email: vcummings@ghcog.org
Website: www.ghcog.org

Disclaimer: Though this project has been funded wholly or in part by the EPA, the contents of this document do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the EPA