United States
                   Protection Agency
                   Washington, D.C. 20460
Solid Waste
and Emergency
Response (5101)
  EPA 500-F-00-057
  April 2000
  4»EPA  BrownfieldsSupplemental
                                                               Ypsilanti,  Ml
  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 Ypsilanti supplemental
assistance for  its Brownfields Assessment
Demonstration Pilot. Ypsilanti is a historic urban
community with a population of nearly 25,000, located
20 minutes west of the Detroit Metropolitan Airport.
The city is constrained by various economic factors,
which have  created  a need  for brownfields
redevelopment.  For example, the city is only four
square miles, more than 30 percent of the land is tax
exempt, and the city has an 18 percent poverty rate
which is  three times the county rate. Based  on
demographic characteristics such as these, Ypsilanti
has been designated as a disadvantaged community
by the Michigan  State Housing Development

It is estimated that between 30 and 35  brownfields
exist in the city,  most of which are located in eight
redevelopment target areas established under the
city's master planning process.  These areas were
selected based on existing and historic  land use
patterns,  the extent of underused properties and
structures, limited economic viability, and the presence
of real or perceived environmental contamination.
Potential  areas of expansion for the supplemental
                                                  PILOT SNAPSHOT
    Ypsilanti, Michigan
  Date of Announcement:
  March 2000

  Amount: $150,000

  Profile:  The Pilot will
  inventory, target, and assess
  brownfields throughout the
  city withafocuson properties
  within Ypsilanti's  eight

 Community and Economic
 Development Department
 City of Ypsilanti
Regional Brownfields Team
U.S. EPA - Region 5
     Visit the EPA Region 5 Brownfields web site at:

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

assistance include the Water Street Redevelopment
area, a former city landfill, a former dry cleaning
operation, and additional sites throughout the city.


Ypsilanti's objective  is to spur community-wide
economicinvestmentandrevitalization. Brownfields
redevelopment in the city' s targeted areas will provide
the city with the opportunity to revitalize a community
facing the struggles of urban disinvestment and an
inability to expand its boundaries. The supplemental
assistance will help the city identify and prioritize
brownfields throughout the city and provide funds for
environmental assessments at several priority
properties. These assessments will allow the city to
determine what types of cleanup and redevelopment
barriers must be removed with the aid of other city
and state incentives for brownfields redevelopment.

To accomplish these objectives, the Pilot plans to:

• Identify brownfields  within  the  city, create a
 Geographic Information System (GIS) inventory,
 and select five to six high-priority brownfields for
 further investigation;

• Conduct Phase I environmental assessments at the
 five to six targeted brownfields;

• Conduct Phase  n environmental assessments as
 needed at the targeted properties and prepare
 assessment reports to describe the type and extent
 of cleanup needed and to determine potential reuses
 for each property;

• Prepare risk assessment plans  for  each property
 undergoing a Phase II assessment; and

• Conduct multifaceted community outreach to ensure
 that the community  is involved throughout the
 identification,  inventory, prioritization,  and
 assessment  process.
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                                                      Ypsilanti, Michigan
  April 2000                                                                         EPA 500-F-00-057