&EPA
                   United States
                   Environmental
                   Protection Agency
                   Washington, D.C. 20460
                           Solid Waste
                           and Emergency
                           Response (5101)
      EPA500-F-98-139
      May 1998
                                 Assessment
Demonstration   Pilot
                                           Yonkers,  NY
  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 Yonkers  for a
Brownfields Pilot. Like many industrial cities in the
northeast, Yonkers  (population  188,082) has
experienced a sharp decline in its tax and job base
over the past 30 years.  Once an important river port,
the Yonkers Municipal Pier became too frail and
dilapidated for docking large river boats and was not
used after the 1950s.  Between 1977 and  1992,
Yonker's manufacturing base declined by more than
25%, causing a loss of more than 2,400 of the city's
8,900 manufacturing jobs. Thus, the city has watched
its once-productive Alexander  Street Waterfront
(ASW) turn into an industrial wasteland.

The economic and environmental decay caused by
underuse of the ASW has had a negative impact on
the  Southwest Yonkers  community  (population
73,474):  more than half of this community falls
within the bottom 20% of median income levels city-
wide .  Furthermore, the city has virtually no land for
industrial and commercial expansion, and must clean
up and redevelop brownfields to create new jobs.
The city believes that the ASW is a cornerstone for its
economic growth, and has adopted a comprehensive
plan that focuses on preservation and reuse of the
area.
                             PILOT SNAPSHOT
                             Yonkers, New York
                                                Date of Announcement:
                                                May 1998

                                                Amount: $200,000

                                                Profile: The Pilot targets
                                                the Alexander Street
                                                Waterfront, a 22-acre
                                                cluster of 11 mostly vacant
                                                industrial properties with
                                                high potential for
                                                redevelopment.
                           Contacts:

                           City of Yonkers
                           (914)377-6010
Regional Brownfields Team
U.S. EPA-Region 2
(212)637-4314
                                Visit the EPA Region 2 Brownfields web site at:
                             http://www.epa.gov/r02earth/superfnd/brownfld/
                                         bfmainpg.htm

                              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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The Pilot will assist the ASW Brownfields Initiative
in building  upon the successes of the adjacent
downtown waterfront redevelopment efforts by
continuing waterfront revitalization along the Hudson
River.  The  ASW has  a high  potential  for
redevelopment, in part because of its rail, water, and
road transportation access. The ASW site is a 22-
acre cluster of 11 mostly vacant industrial properties
bordered on the south by the downtown waterfront
development area, on the west by the Hudson River,
and on the east by the Hudson Line railroad tracks.
The  area  is characterized by vacant  industrial
brownfields  with  potential ownership  and
environmental  issues that constitute barriers to the
city's redevelopment needs.

OBJECTIVES

The  objective of the city's  ASW Brownfields
Initiative is to prepare the city for waterfront cleanup
and redevelopment. The Pilot plans to: 1) empower
community groups to be a part of the revitalization
decision-making process; 2) create a working plan to
assess, plan for cleanup, and return the ASW
brownfields area to  productive use; 3) protect the
Hudson River from any  further environmental
degradation;  4)  provide Southwest  Yonkers
community members with an understanding  of
potential environmental and ownership concerns to
enable them to help shape redevelopment in an
informed  manner; and 5) develop a program to
institutionalize brownfields decision making in all
city development and planning activities.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND ACTIVITIES

Activities  planned as part of this Pilot include:

 Developing a "one-stop" shop for brownfields
  information for community members, business
  groups, and government organizations;

 Conducting apreliminary environmental assessment
  of the 22-acre ASW area;
 Implementing a community involvement program,
 including distributing outreach materials in both
 Spanish  and English  and establishing programs
 with youth groups, to ensure all members of the
 affected communities are actively involved; and

 Developing a brownfields cleanup and reuse plan
 for the ASW area that will direct future area use,
 promote job and economic growth, and maximize
 public access to the waterfront.

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
 May 1998
                              Yonkers, New York
                              EPA500-F-98-139

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