&EPA
                  United States
                  Environmental
                  Protection Agency
                  Washington, D.C. 20460
                           Solid Waste
                           and Emergency
                           Response (5101)
      EPA 500-F-98-154
      May1998
                                Assessment
Demonstration  Pilot
                           Oklahoma  City,  OK
  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 Oklahoma City for a
Brownfields Pilot. The city encompasses 621 square
miles, making itthe sixth-largest city in the country by
land area. The size of this area has contributed to
urban sprawl and the movement of commercial and
industrialfacilitiestooutlyinggreenfields. Companies
interested in development have given little attention to
inner  city areas due to actual or perceived
contamination of numerous properties and the
availability of undeveloped greenfields. Oklahoma
City received a federal Enterprise Community (EC)
designation in 1994 foran 18-square-mile central city
area. Although environmental and redevelopment
progress is ongoing throughout much of the city,
progress is slow in the EC.

OBJECTIVES

The objective of Oklahoma City's  brownfields
redevelopment program is to bring together available
resources to  address environmental issues  and
revitalize priority sites in the  older Bricktown
neighborhood, the downtown area, and the EC.  The
Pilot funds will be used to conduct Phase I and Phase
II  environmental assessments  and  involve the
community in site decision-making.
                            PILOT SNAPSHOT
                            Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  Date of Announcement:
  May 1998

  Amount: $200,000

  Profile: The Pilot targets
  11 properties for Phase I
  Environmental Site
  Assessments and 6 of
  those properties for Phase
  11 assessments.
                           Contacts:

                           Department of Public
                           Works
                           City of Oklahoma City
                           (405) 297-2581
Regional Brownfields Team
U.S. EPA-Region 6
(214)665-6736
                                Visit the EPA Region 6 Brownfields web site at:
                                  http://www.epa.gov/earth1 r6/6sf/
                                     bfpages/sfbfhome.htm

                            Forfurtherinformation, 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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ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND ACTIVITIES

Activities planned as part of this Pilot include:

 Using the city's geographic information system
 (GIS) to identify properties with a high potential for
 cleanup and redevelopment;

 Prioritizing identified sites to create a list of 11
 candidate properties, emphasizing abandoned,
 condemned, and city-owned sites;

 Conducting Phase I environmental assessments at
 11 properties;

 Conducting Phase II assessments at 6 of these 11
 priority properties; and

 Creating a citizen's advisory group and conducting
 public  meetings to obtain input from  affected
 communities.

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                                         Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  May 1998                                                                        EPA 500-F-98-154

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