City of South Bend, IN
EPA Brownfields Initiative
EPA's Brownfields Program empowers states, communities, and other stakeholders to work together to prevent, assess, safely clean up, and sustainably reuse brownfields. A brownfield site 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. On January 11, 2002, President George W. Bush signed into law the Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act. Under the Brownfields Law, EPA provides financial assistance to eligible applicants through four competitive grant programs: assessment grants, revolving loan fund grants, cleanup grants, and job training grants. Additionally, funding support is provided to state and tribal response programs through a separate mechanism.
Date of Announcement: Jun 1999
Profile: The Pilot targets brownfields in the city's South Gateway, Lincolnway West, and Western Avenue commercial corridors.
EPA has selected the City of South Bend for a Brownfields Pilot. The city (population 105,536) is located in northern Indiana along the St. Joseph River. While the surrounding county's population has grown in the last thirty years, the city's population has declined as changes in production, high labor costs, and transportation improvements resulted in manufacturers abandoning their factories for other locations. In 1960, manufacturing jobs accounted for about 60 percent of the city's workforce, while they accounted for only 20 percent in 1990.
Recently, South Bend began redevelopment planning and infrastructure improvements for three commercial corridors-South Gateway, Lincolnway West, and Western Avenue-that have suffered as commercial activity has declined. The city is also planning for cleanup and redevelopment of brownfields located in or near the corridors.
The Pilot's objective is to facilitate the revitalization of the three commercial corridors by identifying the brownfields along the corridors, performing environmental assessments, developing a plan for brownfields cleanup and redevelopment, and implementing public outreach strategies. The Pilot will be implemented consistent with the city's overall development goals, including developing a vigorous business climate, creating investment and employee opportunities, increasing the tax base, and preserving farmland. As part of this multi-project strategy, the Pilot will focus on smaller brownfields to build momentum and capacity for addressing the city's larger brownfields in the future.
Activities planned as part of this Pilot include:
- Identifying a priority list of brownfields for assessment;
- Conducting up to 15 Phase I environmental assessments on brownfields within the three commercial corridors;
- Conducting Phase II assessments as needed; and
- Implementing a public outreach strategy.
The cooperative agreement for this Pilot has not yet been negotiated; therefore, activities described in this fact sheet are subject to change.
For further information, including specific grant contacts, additional grant information, brownfields news and events, and publications and links, visit the EPA Brownfields Web site (http://www.epa.gov/brownfields).
EPA Region 5 Brownfields Team
EPA Region 5 Brownfields Web site (http://www.epa.gov/R5Brownfields)
Grant Recipient: City of South Bend, IN
The information presented in this fact sheet comes from the grant proposal; EPA cannot attest to the accuracy of this information. The cooperative agreement for the grant has not yet been negotiated. Therefore, activities described in this fact sheet are subject to change.