United States
                       Protection Agency
                       Washington, D.C. 20460
                         Solid Waste
                         and Emergency
                         Response (5101)
July 1997
Regional  Brownfields
Assessment  Pilot
                                 Glen Cove, NY
  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, EPAfunded 76 National and Regional Brownfields
Assessment Pilots, at up to $200,000 each, to support creative two-year explorations and demonstrations of brownfields
solutions. EPAisfunding more than 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 2 has selected the City of Glen Cove for
a Regional Brownfields Pilot. Glen Cove is located
on the  north shore of Long  Island, adjacent to
Hempstead Harbor and the Long Island Sound. The
Glen Cove Creek areais home to a variety of industries,
including marinas, recreation, light manufacturing,
and public services, but also contains more than 70
acres of vacant land. The City has ten  miles of
waterfront, of which nearly nine miles have remained
historically pristine. The remaining 1.1 mile Federal
navigation channel in the Glen Cove Creek area is
located in the industrial center of the City. The many
brownfields and two Superfund sites in this areahave
adversely affected the economy and tax base of the
City.  Contaminants  include  radioactive wastes,
methane, and organic solvents.

The New York Department of State (NYDOS) has
identified this area as one often maritime centers on
Long Island Sound and as an historic maritime region.
The City has worked closely with  NYDOS to
undertake a comprehensive planning process to
revitalize the Glen Cove Creek area. The project has
received more than  $1,500,000 in grants  and
appropriations from Federal, State, local, and private
sources for its efforts to accomplish the revitalization
process within six years.   The project  includes
                         PILOT SNAPSHOT
                                            Date of Award:
                                            June 1997

                                            Amount: $50,000

                                            Site Profile: The Pilot
                                            targets approximately 214
                                            acres in the Glen Cove
                                            Creek area for
                                            assessment, cleanup, and
                         Glen Cove, New York

                         Robert Van Ruby
                         Glen Cove Community
                         Development Agency
 Larry D'Andrea
 U.S. EPA -Region 2
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activities such as completing the Local Waterfront
Revitalization  Program,  developing a harbor
managementplan, creating an economic development/
design plan to develop the waterfront, and dredging
the Creek.

Both sides of the Creek are identified as low/moderate
income areas by the U.S. Department of Housing and
Urban Development (HUD). More than 400 families
living within walking  distance of the waterfront
reside in HUD-assisted rental or owner  occupied
housing located in Urban Renewal Areas. The cleanup
of the area's brownfields sites would greatly improve
the economic and environmental situation of these
residents. Redevelopment plans for the area will be
designed to ensure job opportunities for disadvantaged
area residents through a Hire Neighborhood Residents


The  objective of the  Pilot is  to develop  a
community-based management plan that promotes
reuse of brownfields in the Glen Cove Creek area as
part of the overall waterfront revitalization plan. The
Pilot will also help the City further its objectives of
improving  community   participation in the
development of cleanup and reuse plans, in facilitating
the identification of other potential brownfields, and
in conducting necessary investigation to determine
whether these sites pose a public heath threat.


The Pilot will:

• Identify and investigate potential brownfield sites;

• Identify and resolve potential conflicts between the
  City's dual goals of remediating brownfields and
  developing an overall harbor management plan;

• Take an active role in coordinating activities of lead
  agencies and responsible parties, and  facilitate
  dispute resolution activities;
• Facilitate zoning and other changes necessary to
 ensure that future development of brownfields is
 consistent with overall waterfront redevelopment

• Develop risk communication and outreach tools,
 including brochures and other media designed to
 describe  technical matters in terms  that  are
 understandable to the general public;

• Coordinate public participation and environmental
 justice activities with the community; and

• Promote brownfields  redevelopment of the sites,
 including defraying the  costs associated with "re-
 zoning," identifying potentially innovative cleanup
 technologies, and holding interactive meetings with
 the community on brownfields related issues.

The cooperative agreement for this Pilot has not yet been
negotiated;  therefore,  activities  described in this  fact
sheet are subject to change.
  Regional Brownfields Assessment Pilot
  July 1997
                             Glen Cove, New York
                               EPA 500-F-97-153