United States
                   Environmental
                   Protection Agency
                   Washington, D.C. 20460
Solid Waste
and Emergency
Response(5105)
 EPA500-F-01-294
 April 2001
 www.epa.gov/brownfields/
vvEPA    Brownfields  Supplemental
                                                             Assistance
                                                                   Portland, ME
 Outreach and Special Projects Staff (5105)
                     Quick Reference Fact Sheet
EPA's Brownfields Economic Redevelopment Initiative isdesignedtoempowerstates, communities, and otherstakeholders
ineconomicredevelopmenttoworktogetherinatimelymannertoprevent.assess.andsafelycleanupbrownfieldstopromote
theirsustainable reuse. Brownfieldsareabandoned, idled,orunder-usedindustrialandcommercialfacilitieswhereexpansion
or redevelopment is complicated by real or perceived environmental contamination. EPAisfunding: 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 upto$200,000 over two years), to provide training for residents of communities
affectedbybrownfieldstofacilitatecleanupofbrownfieldssitesandpreparetraineesforfutureemploymentintheenvironmental
field; and, acleanup revolving loanfund program (eachfundedupto$1,000,000 overfiveyears)toprovidefinancial assistance
forthe environmental cleanup of brownfields. These pilot programs are intended to provide EPA, states, tribes, municipalities,
and communities with useful information and strategies astheycontinuetoseek new methodsto promote a unified approach
to site assessment, environmental cleanup, and redevelopment.
BACKGROUND
EPA has selected the City of Portland to receive
supplemental assistance for its Brownfields
Assessment  Demonstration Pilot.  The  target
area has been expanded to include the Bayside
area, including parcels within the original project
area (Marginal Way) that did not receive a site
assessment and new parcels contiguous to the
original project area.

The Bayside area is the most visible gateway to
the city. Once an important engine of the city's
economic vitality, the Bayside areais now plagued
with underutilized industrial sites with historical
contamination. The area encompasses a former
scrap metal yard, rail yard repair facility, foundry,
and automotive repair site and is surrounded by
Portland's  three most densely  populated and
poorest neighborhoods. Uncertainty surrounding
environmental liability has redirected prospective
users, lenders, and developers away from these
sites toward rural areas with no industrial history,
and, therefore, no perceived environmental risks.
The decline  of the  Bayside area has  increased
unemployment and caused the loss of  local
property tax  revenues.
PILOT SNAPSHOT
                       Date of Award: April 2001

                       Amount: $135,000

                       Profile: The Pilot targets the
                       Bayside area,  plagued by
                       underused and contaminated
                       industrial sites, for assessment,
                       cleanup, and redevelopment.
    Portland, Maine
 Contacts:
 City of Portland, Planning
 and Urban Development
 (207) 874-8725
Regional Brownfields Team
U.S. EPA-Region 1
(617)918-1338
      Visit the EPA Region 1 Brownfields web site at:
      http://www.epa.gov/region01/remed/brnfld/

   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 AND PLANNED ACTIVITIES
The Pilot will use EPA's supplemental assistance
grant to expand the successes of the Assessment
Pilot by conducting site assessment and cleanup and
reuse planning activities for the additional sites in the
Bayside area of Portland. Adopted as city policy and
funded by the Assessment Pilot, the comprehensive
cleanup and redevelopment strategy entitled" ANew
Vision for Bayside" will be used as a blueprint for Pilot
revitalization activities.

The Pilot plans to:
 Conduct  site assessments at targeted properties
  within the Bayside area;

 Review appropriate land uses and redevelopment
  strategies;
 Develop  cleanup  strategies  that  address
  contamination issues in conjunction with anticipated
  uses and redevelopment strategies; and
 Conduct community outreach regarding the targeted
  area.

The cooperative agreement for this Pilot has not yet been negotiated;
therefore, activities described in this fact sheet are subject to change.
 Brownfields Supplemental Assistance                                                         Portland, Maine
 April 2001                                                                           EPA500-F-01-294

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