United States
                      Protection Agency
                      Washington, D.C. 20460
 Solid Waste
 and Emergency
 Response (5105)
 EPA 500-F-01-037
 June 2001
    &EPA    Brownfields Assessment
                      Demonstration  Pilot
                                                              Columbus, OH
 Outreach and Special Projects Staff (5105)
                   Quick Reference Fact Sheet
EPA's Brownfields Economic  Redevelopment Initiative is designed to empower states,  communities, and other
stakeholders in economic redevelopment to work together in a timely manner to prevent, assess, safely clean up, and
sustainably reuse brownfields. A brownfield is a site, or portion thereof, that has actual or perceived contamination and
an active potential for redevelopment or reuse. EPA is funding: assessment demonstration pilot programs (each funded
up to $200,000 over two years), to assess brownfields sites and to test cleanup and redevelopment models; job training
pilot programs (each funded up to $200,000 over two years), to provide training for residents of communities affected
by brownfields to facilitate cleanup of brownfields sites and prepare trainees for future employment in the environmental
field; and, cleanup revolving loan fund programs (each funded up to $500,000 over five years) to capitalize loan funds
to make loans for the environmental cleanup of brownfields. These pilot programs are intended to provide EPA, states,
tribes, municipalities, and communities with useful information and strategies as they continue to seek new methods
to promote a  unified approach  to site assessment, environmental cleanup, and redevelopment.
EPA selected the City of Columbus for a Brownfields
Pilot. Columbus (population 632,900) is the nation's
sixteenth-largest city and has grown significantly
over the past two decades. However, this development
has moved away from central Columbus, leaving the
city's urban core littered with abandoned buildings
and former industrial sites. Many of these brownfields
exist near the Port Columbus Airport. The resulting
high unemployment rate, high crime rate, and a lack
of new economic development opportunities led to
Columbus  being designated a federal Enterprise
Community (EC). The unemployment rate within the
EC is 16 percent, and the minority population rate is
65 percent.

Columbus will administer Pilot funding through the
Columbus Brownfields Task Force (CBTF), which
was formed in 1996 and comprises  both public and
private sector partners. Pilot funds will be used to
perform public outreach and initial environmental
assessments at several sites as  well as Phase II
environmental assessments at two sites.
  Columbus, Ohio
                   DateofAward: SeptembeM998

                   Amount: $200,000

                   Profile: The Pilot targets former
                   industrial sites located nearthe Port
                   Columbus Airport and within the
                   dtysfederally designated Enterprise
Cityof Columbus, Department
of Trade and Development
U.S. EPA-Region 5
     Visit the EPA Region 5 Brownfields web site at:
       http://www.epa.gov/R5Brown fields/

  For further information, including specific Pilot contacts,
 additional Pilot information, brownfields news and events, and
 publications and links, visit the EPA Brownfields web site at:

The Pilot has:
• Created site identification/prioritization, technical
 oversight, outreach, and public policy committees
 for the CBTF;

• Completed work on an informational brownfields
 video and manual for the communities in the targeted
• Compiled an inventory of 25 sites, and targeted 18
 brownfields properties for further investigation;

•Conducted assessments on  the Cleveland/llth
 Avenue, Woodland/Woodward, and A.D. Farrows
 properties; and
• Completed Phase I environmental assessments at
 four sites  and Phase II assessments at three sites
 (These sites include A.D. Farrows, Galli-4 Corners,
 and Woodland/ Woodward.). A  site draft Phase II
 assessment has been completed  for a fourth site.

The Pilot is:
• Gathering brownfields site-specific information from
 city agencies, local residents, and former and current
 property owners; and
• Performing Phase II environmental assessments on
 three sites, with a draft report completed on a fourth
Experience with the Columbus Pilot has been  a
catalyst for related activities, including the following:

• The Ohio Department of Transportation and the
 Veterans' Administration (VA) provided a total of
 $90,000 in funding for Phase  I and  Phase II
 assessments under the Voluntary Action Program.

• Cleveland and 11th Avenue 4 Corners leveraged $2
 million, with the total leveraged assessment, cleanup,
 and redevelopment dollars equaling more than $38
 million. The Pilot has secured 253 current or pledged
• The city was awarded an additional $500,000 grant
 under EPA's Brownfields Cleanup Revolving Loan
 Fund Pilot program.

• The VA is planning to redevelop the Woodland/
 Woodward site into a VA clinic.
Brownfields Assessment Demonstration Pilot
June 2001
                                  Columbus, Ohio
                                EPA 500-F-01-037