United States
                       Protection Agency
                       Washington, D.C. 20460
 Solid Waste
 and Emergency
 Response (5101)
EPA 500-F-97-035
May 1997
                       National   Brownfields
                       Assessment  Pilot
                                                           St  Louis, MO
  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. Between 1995 and 1996, EPA funded 76 National and Regional Brownfields
Assessment Pilots, at up to $200,000 each, to support creative two-year explorations and demonstrations of brownfields
solutions. EPAis funding morethan 27 Pilots in 1997. 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 selected the City of St. Louis for a Brownfields
Pilot. The City of St. Louis is facilitating the assess-
ment, cleanup, and redevelopment of the Dr. Martin
Luther King Business Park (MLKBP). Over the past
45 years, the City of St. Louis has lost half of its jobs
and two thirds of its population to areas outside St.
Louis.  This has resulted in urban  decay and a
substantial reduction in the City's tax base.

MLKBP is a 26-acre site assembled by the City of St.
Louis'  Planned Industrial  Expansion Authority
(PIEA) to attract jobs for nearby residents whose
current median household income is $9,700. Priorto
redevelopment, several businesses expressed inter-
est in locating in the industrial park, but the threat of
environmental contamination precluded any rede-
velopment of the area. It is estimated that at least 51
percent of the  jobs that would be  created by a
brownfields initiative at this site would be held by
low to moderate income residents.


The objective of this Pilot is to assess and cleanup the
Dr. Martin Luther King Business Park  (MLKBP).
The strategy of the City of St. Louis and its regional
partners is to develop a solution to reverse the years
of disinvestment and under-utilization that currently
  St. Louis, Missouri

Eric Klipsch
Planned Industrial
Expansion Authority
City of St. Louis
                    Date of Award:
                    September 1995

                    Amount:  $200,000

                    Site Profile:  The Pilot
                    targets the 26-acre Dr.
                    Martin Luther King
                    Business Park located
                    adjacent to the north side
                    of the downtown area.
  Kerry Herndon
  U.S. EPA-Region 7
       Visit the EPA Brownfields Website at:

plague the City. Specifically, the City wants to use
cleanup and redevelopment activities undertaken at
MLKBP  as a Brownfields Redevelopment Model
that can be applied elsewhere in the City and nation-


The Pilot has:

* Characterized environmental concerns at more than
 eight city blocks within the MLKBP;

 Established strategies for financing costs that exceed
 property values including: reimbursing assessment
 and cleanup costs for property owners; collaborating
 with the Missouri Voluntary Cleanup Program; and
 establishing escrow accounts of sale proceeds from
 PIEA properties to fund future assessment and
 cleanup efforts;

 Cooperated  with the St. Louis Association  of
 Community  Organizations  (SLACO), which
 includes several neighborhood associations and
 church partners. City Officials, and the PIEA; hosted
 more than six neighborhood meetings to keep
 residents informed of Pilot activities; and

* Developed a community outreach program. The St.
 Louis Development Corp. (SLACO) has begun
 working with  PIEA and the RCGC Brownfields
 Task Force to develop a Brownfields Advisory
 Council to support the cleanup and  redevelopment
 of brownfields throughout the City.

The Pilot is:

 Planning  for the preparation of  a Brownfields
 Redevelopment Model report to ensure the transfer
 of knowledge gained at the MLKBP to other sites
 within the region and nationwide. The City, working
 with the Regional Commerce   and Growth
 Commission (RCGC), has already begun to address
 brownfields properties outside the MLKBP;

 Organizing and paying the administrative expenses of
 a voluntary Environmental Consultant Committee to:

 - Guide the selection of assessment and cleanup
 - Participate in the development of risk-based.
   uniform cleanup standards for Missouri, based on
   future property use; and

 - Apply common  sense approaches to assessment
   and cleanup that are protective of human health
   and the environment.

Experience with the St. Louis Pilot has been a catalyst
for related activities including the following.

* Completed environmental assessment and cleanup
 activities at the MLKBP property purchased in mid-
 1996 by Medco Tool Company.   Medco recently
 submitted their final report to Missouri' s Voluntary
 Cleanup Program for approval.   Construction of
 Medco' s new 25,000 square foot distribution center
 has started. It is estimated that construction of this
 facility will create 25-30 new jobs.

* Completed construction of a  20.000 square foot
 building by Die Cutting Diversified, Inc.. an exist-
 ing business, that has  decided to remain in the
 MLKBP and expand. The company holds an option
 on adjacent property, which is undergoing environ-
 mental assessment before preparation of a cleanup

* Working with two additional companies interested
 in expanding existing or locating new facilities in
 the MLKBP on assessment and cleanup priorities.

* Identified six blocks of the MLKBP to be included
 in the proposed Golf Course/Neighborhood Rede-
 velopment Plan. The plan includes a golf learning
 center, 700 homes, and a 9-hole golf course. The
 City has applied to the Department of Housing and
 Urban Development for funding.

* Establishing local revolving loan fund.

* Working with State agencies to implement the re-
 cently enacted Missouri Abandoned Property Re-
 use Act ('"Brownfields Act").

* Developed an environmental training curriculum in
 partnership with St. Louis Community College.
 National Brownfields Assessment Pilot
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                              St. Louis, Missouri
                              EPA 500-F-97-035