United States
                   Protection Agency
                   Washington, D.C. 20460
Solid Waste
and Emergency
Response (5101)
  EPA 500-F-00-027
  April 2000
  v>EPA  Brownfields  Supplemental
                                                          Las  Vegas,  NV
  Outreach and Special Projects Staff (5105)
                  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. EPA is funding: assessment demonstration pilot programs (each funded
up to $200,000 over two years), to assess brownfields sites and to test cleanup and redevelopment models; job training
pilot programs (each funded up to $200,000 over two years), to provide training for residents of communities affected
by brownfields to facilitate cleanup of brownfields sites and prepare trainees for future employment in the environmental
field; and, cleanup revolving loan fund programs (each funded up to $500,000 over five years) to capitalize loan funds
to make loans for the environmental cleanup of brownfields. These pilot programs 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 awarded the City of Las Vegas supplemental
assistance for its Brownfields Assessment Pilot and
additional funding for assessments at brownfields
properties to be used for greenspace purposes. The
city has targeted four areas in downtown Las Vegas
containing a large number of blighted sites. These
areas contain the earliest land uses in the city limits
and represent a  cross  section of residential,
commercial, entertainment, manufacturing, hotel, and
specialty uses.  When larger properties became
available for development in profitable gaming ventures
along the "Strip," the downtown area became less
attractive to developers. Many of the properties used
to service the downtown area, such as warehouses,
distributors, and equipmentyards, eventually fell into
disrepair and were abandoned for larger sites south of
the city limits.

The brownfields study area is home to most of the
city's disadvantagedcitizens. Las Vegas (population
29,911)  is 56 percent minority, and more than 30
percent of its population lives below the poverty level.
The Pilot area sits almost entirely within the City
Redevelopment Area; approximately 70 percent of
the  study area is within  a federal Enterprise
    Las Vegas, Nevada
 Date of Announcement:
 March 2000

 Amount: $100,000
 Greenspace: $50,000

 Profile: The Pilot will continue
 activitiesintheoriginal Assessment
 Pilottargetarea, including outreach
 and planning for greenspace

Las Vegas, Nevada
Regional Brownfields Team
U.S. EPA - Region 9
       Visit the EPA Region 9 Brownfields web site at:

     Forfurther information, including specific Pilotcontacts,
   additional Pilot information, brownfields news and events, and
   publications and links, visit the EPA Brownfields web site at:

Community. Many of the most desirable parcels have
been acquired, leaving  environmentally impaired,
underdeveloped parcels in a blighted condition.


Las Vegas plans to continue activities begun under
the original Assessment Pilot as the targeted area
continues to experience a slower rate of development
compared to the rest of the city.   The Pilot will
continue outreach to stakeholders, including community
groups, and will work with stakeholders to facilitate
cleanup and redevelopment.

The Pilot will use the greenspace funding to address
the lack of open space and greenspace in the targeted
areas.  Potential projects include creating a three-
acre park and sports fields under an elevated section
of State Highway 95, an area that is fully encompassed
in the Southern Nevada Enterprise Community, and
establishing other parks inbrownfields communities.

To accomplish these objectives, the Pilot plans to:

 Conduct environmental assessments at sites with
  potential greenspace reuses;

 Prepare assessment reports  and redevelopment
  plans; and

 Conduct outreach to communities  and  other
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                                                   Las Vegas, Nevada
  April 2000                                                                       EPA 500-F-00-027