Brownfields  2003

 Grant  Fact Sheet

   Hope Community Development
   Corporation, Baton Rouge and
  Parish of East Baton Rouge, LA

EPA Brownfields Program

EPA's Brownfields Program empowers states, commu-
nities, and other stakeholders in economic development
to work together to prevent, assess, safely clean up,
and sustainably reuse brownfields. Abrownfield 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.

Community Description

The Hope Community Development Corporation
(CDC) was selected to receive a cleanup grant. The
CDC, which builds and rehabilitates housing for low- to
moderate-income families in Baton Rouge, has identi-
fied a site from the city's brownfields inventory, which
was completed under an earlier brownfields grant.
The site is in a neighborhood with a 97 percent Afri-
can-American population and a 13 percent unemploy-
ment rate. The median household income is only
$15,999, compared to the parish-wide  average of
$37,224. Following the cleanup, the CDC plans to
construct affordable single-family housing on the site.
This reuse conforms to the City-Parish Planning
Commission's plan for infill development as a means of
                      Cleanup Grant
                      $35,000 for petroleum

                      EPA has selected Hope Community Develop-
                      ment Corporation for a brownfields cleanup
                      grant. The cleanup grant will target the North
                      Street Mechanics Shop (Lot 49, N. 46th Street) in
                      East Baton Rouge. Although the site currently is
                      residential, spills, probably from former shop
                      operations adjacent to the property, have con-
                      taminated the site.
                      For further information, including specific grant
                      contacts, additional grant information,
                      brownfields news and events, and publications
                      and links, visit the EPA Brownfields web site at:

                      EPA Region 6 Brownfields Team
                      http://www.epa.gov/earth 1 r6/6sf/bfpages/

                      Grant Recipient: Hope Community Development
                      Corporation, LA

                      Prior to receipt of these funds in fiscal year 2003, the Hope
                      Community Development Corporation has not received
                      brownfields grant funding.

                      The cooperative agreement for this grant has not yet been
                      negotiated; therefore, activities described in this fact sheet
                      are subject to change.
                    controlling economic growth and creating a more
                    livable and healthier community. The CDC will
                    encourage community involvement with the help of the
                    established Baton Rouge Brownfields Program and the
                    CDC's own neighborhood outreach activities.
                      Solid Waste and
                      Emergency Response
                                                       June 2003