United States
                       Environmental
                       Protection Agency
                       Washington, D.C. 20460
 Solid Waste
 and Emergency
 Response (5105)
  EPA 500-F-01-275
  April 2001
  www.epa.gov/brownfields/
  &EPA        EPA  Brownfields
                       Assessment
                       Demonstration  Pilot
                                                                        St. Louis, Ml
 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, and safely clean up
brownfields  to promote their sustainable reuse. Brownfields are abandoned, idled, or under-used industrial and
commercial facilities where expansion or redevelopment is complicated by real or perceived environmental
contamination. EPA is funding: assessment demonstration pilot programs (each funded up to $200,000 over two years,
with additional funding provided for greenspace) to test assessment models and facilitate coordinated assessment
and cleanup efforts at the federal, state, tribal, and local levels; and 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 program (each funded up to $1,000,000  over five years) to provide financial assistance 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.
BACKGROUND

EPA has selected the City of St. Louis for a
Brownfields Assessment Pilot. St. Louis (population
4,309)islocatedinthegeographiccenterofMichigan.
The area's overall population growth in the last 20
years has been less than 5 percent, and 21 percent
of the city's residents live at or below the poverty
level. Median household income in St. Louis is 37
percent below the state average.

The city has experienced a decline in commercial and
industrial investment in the last 15 years, and has a
reputation for being polluted and unsightly due to the
presence of the Velsicol Chemical Co. Superfund
site. The industrial corridor along the Pine River in the
southern part of town is one of the oldest and most
blighted areas in the city. The city has identified
between 35 and 40 potential brownfields properties
that could be readily developed if a cohesive strategy
were developed and implemented to move toward
sustainable development. The target properties for
this Pilot project would focus on commercial or
industrial sites that may be owned by private parties
or owned by the city or state through tax reversion.
PILOT SNAPSHOT
Date of Announcement:
April 2001

Amount: $200,000

Profile: The Pilot will identify,
prioritize, and assess 35 to 40
brownfield sites along the blighted
industrial corridor in the southern part
of St. Louis.
St. Louis, Michigan
Contacts:

St. Louis Brownfield
RedevelopmentAuthority
(517)681-4621
Regional Brownfields Team
U.S. EPA - Region 5
(312)886-7576
     Visit the E PA Region 5 Brownfields web site at:
       http://www.epa.gov/R5Brownfields/

   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:
        http://www.epa.gov/brownfields/


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OBJECTIVES

The objective of this Pilotis to cleanup, redevelop,
and sustainably reuse brownfields properties in the
City of St. Louis. Through a community-based
process, the Pilot plans to complete an inventory of
brownfields properties using inventorying methods
developed by other Michigan Pilot projects. An
extensive community-based involvement process
will be woven throughoutthis Pilot which will involve
the community in Pilot activities and offer seminars to
developers and other interested parties. The maj ority
of funds will be used to perform Phase I and Phase
II environmental site assessments on high priority
sites.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND ACTIVITIES

Activities planned as part of this Pilot include:

 Initiating an inventory and prioritization system;

 Prioritizing sites that have the highest economic
  and social value for redevelopment;

 Completing Phase I and Phase II environmental
  site assessments onthehighestpriority brownfields;
  and

 Presenting informational sessions targeting the
  community, developers, bankers, and real estate
  personnel.

The cooperative agreement for this Pilot has not yet been negotiated;
therefore, activities described in this fact sheet are subject to change.
 Brownfields Assessment Demonstration Pilot                                                   St. Louis, Michigan
 April 2001                                                                          EPA500-F-01-275

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