Do you know of any properties in your neighborhood that are not being used to their full potential? Are you a property owner wondering what resources are available to address environmental issues on your site?
In 2017, the Eugene/Springfield/Lane County Brownfields Coalition received funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to help property owners evaluate sites for hazardous substances and petroleum contamination, assess clean-up options and costs, and identify the potential value and market for their property. By providing financial assistance for environmental assessments, the Coalition can help property owners better understand whether there are actual environmental issues on the site, and connect them to tools for cleanup and redevelopment.
A brownfield is a property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. Brownfields can have an impact on the livelihood, health, and welfare of a community, but also serve as opportunity sites that can support the development of parks, housing, and businesses. Cleaning up and reinvesting in these properties increases local tax bases, facilitates job growth, utilizes existing infrastructure, takes development pressures off of undeveloped, open land, and both improves and protects the environment.
The available EPA grant funds allow the Coalition to work with property owners and other stakeholders to take the first step towards redevelopment and reuse of brownfield sites by assessing whether or not they are actually contaminated and creating a clean-up plan as needed, both of which can be hurdles to development.
Participation in the program is voluntary and has the potential to create new jobs, improve the environment, and significantly increase property values by enhancing development potential.
Property owners who are interested in applying for a free environmental assessment download an Environmental Assessment Application.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and can be sent to Amanda D'Souza via e-mail or mail (99 W. 10th Ave, Eugene, OR 97401).