City of Lodi Site Reuse & Revitalization Program
The goal of this program is to reuse and revitalize brownfield* properties to provide benefits to the community, including environmental restoration, job creation, increased property values, and reduced risks to public health. The program and funding is committed through September of 2018.
*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.
Environmental impacts from historic agricultural, commercial and industrial activities have resulted in vacant and underutilized brownfield properties throughout the City.
Using $400,000 of Brownfield Community-Wide Assessment (CWA) Grants awarded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2015, the City of Lodi will support the revitalization and reuse of priority brownfield sites for the benefit of the community. The grants will fund Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) and other cleanup/reuse activities at publicly and privately-owned properties over a three-year period (through September 2018).
The 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.”
Under contract with the City of Lodi, a consultant team led by Stantec will assess environmental liabilities and develop cleanup/ reuse plans to catalyze redevelopment and revitalization. The project will be supported by the City’s Brownfield Advisory Committee, which includes representatives from local neighborhood, business and environmental groups.
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:
- Removing unknowns regarding site conditions that might hold up a sale or redevelopment.
- Increasing return from the property by making it more valuable and marketable.
- Contributing to economic prosperity and environmental restoration in the community.
- Making neighborhoods safer and healthier.
- Avoiding actions by regulatory agencies that may impose penalties and costly cleanups.
- Reducing the potential that adjacent properties could impact their property (and vice versa).
What will grant funds be used for?
Grant funding can be used to inventory, assess, and conduct cleanup/reuse planning for priority sites at no cost to the property owner. 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):
- Former manufacturing and industrial sites (e.g. wineries, food processing facilities)
- Underutilized warehouses and commercial facilities
- Former rail yards and truck depots
- Former gas stations and auto repair shops
- Former dry cleaners
- Old buildings with asbestos or lead-based paint
- Salvage yards, dumps and landfills
Eligible sites may not be included on the EPA National Priority “Superfund” List or targeted for any federal or state enforcement action. The property owner must provide site access for assessment.
What are the program requirements and timeline?
Participation is voluntary and no grant match is required. Sites that are nominated for grant funds will be prioritized based on factors such as redevelopment potential. Prioritized sites must meet certain eligibility requirements (described above).
The City will submit an eligibility request to EPA requesting use of grant funding on the owner’s behalf. If approved, the property owner will work with the City’s environmental consultant (Stantec) to coordinate the environmental site assessment (ESA) and/or related activities. The owner will receive a report with findings and recommendations.
The program and funding is committed through September of 2018.
Additional information is included on the Fact Sheets and Process Guide for Property Owners & Stakeholders provided in the Resources section.
How do I nominate/identify 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 submitting a Site Nomination Application (provided in the Resources section) to the City.
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