&EPA
                   United States
                   Environmental
                   Protection Agency
                   Washington, D.C. 20460
                           Solid Waste
                           and Emergency
                           Response (5101)
      EPA 500-F-98-153
      May 1998
                                 Assessment
Demonstration  Pilot
                                         Santa Fe,  NM
  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. Since 1995, EPA has funded more than 150 Brownfields Assessment
Demonstration Pilots,  at up to $200,000 each, to support creative two-year explorations and demonstrations of
brownfields solutions.  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.
BACKGROUND

EPA has selected the City of Santa Fe  for a
Brownfields Pilot. Santa Fe's economy is dependent
on its rich cultural heritage and environmental quality,
yetthese values are being challenged by urban sprawl
and environmental and economic decline. The railroad
industry that once brought prosperity to the city left
behind a large corridor of potentially contaminated
land and abandoned, deteriorating buildings  in the
center of downtown Santa Fe.  This railyard is the
largest vacant parcel of contiguous land in the city's
business district and sits adjacent to several of Santa
Fe's oldest Hispanic neighborhoods.   These
neighborhoods are 70% minority, and 32% of the
residents live below the poverty line. Unemployment
in the area is almost four times the city average.

Santa  Fe declared the railyard area blighted and
purchased 50 acres ofthe site in 1995. Afterthe city
bought the property, a community-based planning
process produced a vision for the area that includes a
10-acre park and a cultural and educational center.
The city also plans to encourage small business
development in the area. The railyard has the highest
potential for new business and industry employment
for downtown residents; however, real and perceived
environmental  contamination  have  impeded
redevelopment efforts and limited the neighborhood' s
prosperity.
                             PILOT SNAPSHOT
                              Santa Fe, New Mexico
 Date of Announcement:
 May 1998

 Amount: $200,000

 Profile: The Pilot targets a
 50-acre, city-owned railyard
 located in downtown Santa
 Fe. The railyard is the largest
 vacant parcel of contiguous
 land in the city's business
 district, and sits adjacent to
 several of Santa Fe's oldest
 Hispanic neighborhoods.
                           Contacts:

                           Railyard Planning Project
                           City of Santa Fe
                           (505) 995-4607
Regional Brownfields Team
U.S. EPA-Region 6
(214)665-6736
                                 Visit the EPA Region 6 Brownfields web site at:
                          http://www.epa.gov/earth1r6/6sf/bfpages/sfbfhome.htm

                               Forfurtherinformation, 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

Santa Fe' s ultimate obj active is to revitalize the city' s
historic urban fabric while enhancing the downtown' s
economic viability. The Pilot will develop a conceptual
model for transforming a brownfields property into a
vital area for business and the surrounding community.
Pilot funds will be used to conduct environmental
assessments, identify environmental liabilities, study
cleanup and redevelopment options for the railyard,
and expand existing public-private partnerships and
community involvementprograms.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND ACTIVITIES

Activities planned as part of this Pilot include:

 Conducting a Phase II environmental assessment of
 the railyard to determine the degree and extent of
 contamination;

 Conducting a study to determine the feasibility of
 cleanup and redevelopment of the railyard;

 Identifying liabilities and removing barriers to cleanup
 and redevelopment; and

 Organizing neighborhood partnerships and conducting
 a community outreach program.

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                                           Santa Fe, New Mexico
  May 1998                                                                        EPA 500-F-98-153

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