United States
                   Protection Agency
                   Washington, D.C. 20460
Solid Waste
and Emergency
Response (5101)
 EPA 500-F-99-020
 March 1999
          PA   Brownfields  Assessment
                   Demonstration  Pilot
                                                                     Tampa, FL
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 200 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.

EPA has selected the City of Tampa for a Brownfields
Pilot. Tampa, the economic center of Florida's west
central coast, is the state's third most populous city
(population 280,015).   The Pilot  will  target
approximately one square mile on the lower east side
of downtown Tampa.  Much of this Brownfields
Target Area (BTA) is located in afederally-designated
Enterprise Community, where the minority population
is 70 percent and the poverty rate is 50 percent. This
area historically was home to industrial and seaport
activities, including  ship repair and distribution of
fruit and tobacco.

Over the past 20 years, there has been an exodus of
businesses to more desirable areas outside the urban
core of the city. The BTA is characterized by large,
vacant and/or derelict buildings, many of them on
properties burdened with the stigma of environmental


Tampa's objective is to promote the redevelopment
of distressed and vacant properties located in the
BTA. Tampa plans to accomplish this objective by
completing site assessments, maximizing community
participation, developing cleanup strategies,  and
developing a  detailed inventory  of brownfields
properties in the BTA. The city, local community
      Tampa, Florida
Date of Announcement:
March 1999

Amount: $200,000

Profile: The Pilot targets
distressed and vacant
properties located in an
approximately one square mile
area on the lower east side of
downtown Tampa. A portion of
this Brownfields Target Area is
located in a federally-
designated Enterprise

 Environmental Services and
 Public Works Coordination
 City of Tampa
Regional Brownfields Team
U.S. EPA-Region 4
(404) 562-8661
       Visit the EPA Region 4 Brownfields web site at:

    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:

groups, local businesses, regional planners and other
stakeholders share asingle focusedplan forthe BTA:
to encourage  environmental justice through the
completion  of site assessments while providing a
cooperative and redevelopment-friendly atmosphere
to attract investment and create job opportunities.


Activities planned as part of this Pilot include:

 Conducting Phase I and Phase II environmental site
  assessments on properties in the BTA;

 Developing a geographic information system (GIS)
  to inventory environmental and land use data on
  potential brownfields sites that will enable the city
  to prioritize site assessments; and

 Creating a brownfields outreach program to
  encourage affected  community  stakeholders to
  become  involved in Pilot activities.
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                                                   Tampa, Florida
March 1999                                                                          EPA 500-F-99-020