United States
                       Protection Agency
                       Washington, D.C. 20460
  Solid Waste
  and Emergency
  Response (5101)
EPA 500-F-97-056
May 1997

                       Regional   Brownfields
                       Assessment  Pilot
                                                                  Miami,  FL
  Outreach and Special Projects Staff (5101)
                 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. Between 1995 and 1996, EPA funded 76 National and Regional Brownfields
Assessment Pilots, at up to $200,000 each, to support creative two-year explorations and demonstrations of brownfields
solutions. EPAis funding morethan 27 Pilots in 1997. The Pilots 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 Region 4 selected the City of Miami for a
Regional Brownfields Pilot. Miami has identified a
number of potential brownfields in the economically
distressed Wynwood neighborhood (population
15,500), where business is over 40 percent light
industry, warehousing, and commercial. Available
information  indicates that soil contamination in
Wynwood is primarily from  underground storage
tanks, sewer pipes, and industrial  chemicals.
Wynwood includes a State Enterprise Zone (EZ) and
the Miami-Metro  Bade Federal Enterprise
Community. Wynwood's poverty rate is 51 percent,
exceeding the rest of Miami by about 20 percent.
Wynwood residents are 62 percent Hispanic and 32
percent  non-Hispanic black. Of  eight known
contaminated private sector sites, a five to six acre
site will be selected for the  Brownfields Pilot.


Miami's focus is to redevelop brownfields in
Wynwood. The City will begin by assessing potential
brownfields, and this will be followed by empower-
ing residents to fully participate in decision making
and planning for redevelopment of any selected site
through town hall meetings  and City service centers.
The empowerment is supported by the new Depart-
ment of Community Planning and Revitalization.
    Miami, Florida
                     Date of Award:
                     September 1996

                     Amount: $100,000

                     Site Profile: The Pilot
                     targets one of eight known
                     contaminated private
                     sector sites in the
                     Wynwood area of the City.
                     The targeted site will be
                     five to six acres.

Bob Schwarzreich
City of Miami
Community Planning and
Barbara Dick
U.S. EPA-Region 4
(404) 562-8923
        Visit the EPA Brownfields Website at:

The newly restructured City government will place
greater emphasis on the role of the City's Neighbor-
hood Enhancement Teams, which include planners
and other City staff familiar with the dynamics of the
neighborhoods they serve.  To reach its objectives,
the Pilot will conduct site assessments, community
outreach, and facilitate redevelopment and cleanup.


The Pilot has:

 Presented the proposed project to the Wynwood
 Community for their direct involvement. The City
 created the Wynwood Brownfields Workgroup to
 determine  how brownfields redevelopment will
 proceed.  The group is composed of a realtor, a
 banker, business  owners, residents, community
 development corporations, and government staff;

 Selected a site for the first Brownfields Pilot envi-
 ronmental assessment. Completed the Phase 1 and
 2 environmental site assessments at the Pilot site;

 Formed the Pilot Advisory Committee to assist the
 City of Miami and other cities  in the county with
 environmental issues regarding  brownfields
 redevelopment efforts;

The Pilot is:

 Conducting a brownfields audit, including analysis
 of preliminary data, site visits, mapping  of sites,
 testing for pollutants, and  reviewing titles;

 Continuing community empowerment activities to
 encourage resident participation in redevelopment
 planning through town hall meetings, community
 decision-making  charettes, and distribution of
 information on brownfields projects.

Experience with the Miami Pilot has been a catalyst
for related activities including the following.

 The City Commissioners have assisted in facilitating
 the brownfields project efforts to redevelop a site. A
 City-held $ 128,000 demolition lien was reduced by
 the City to 15% of its current value to make the
 property more attractive to prospective purchasers.

 Efforts of the Wynwood Brownfields Workgroup
 identified aprospective purchaser for a brownfields
 site in the neighborhood.

 Preparing brownfields conversion plans, including
 identification of strategies to overcome obstacles to
 redevelopment, presentation of incentives to
 encourage local investment,  and preparation of
 environmental restoration plans.
 Regional Brownfields Assessment Pilot
 May 1997
                                  Miami, Florida
                              EPA 500-F-97-056