United States
                      Protection Agency
                      Washington, D.C. 20460
                        Solid Waste
                        and Emergency
June 1999
Brownfields  Assessment
Demonstration   Pilot
                                        Barberton,  OH
 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. 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 brownfieldstofacilitatecleanupofbrownfieldssites and preparetrainees for future employmentintheenvironmental
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 has selected the City  of Barberton for  a
Brownfields Pilot. Barberton (population 27,623) is
an urban, working-class community located along the
1-76 corridor in the Tuscawaras River watershed.
Downsizing and shutdowns of industrial operations
during the past 20 years have resulted in 2,000 lost
jobs and a decline in tax revenue for the city. The
city's residents also suffer from a 16.7 percent poverty
rate and a 22.5 percent unemployment rate.

As a result of the shutdowns and downsizing, 652
acres of brownfields now represent 51 percent of
Barberton's developable land. As apart of an overall
city revitalization strategy, Barberton plans to clean
up and redevelop a 250-acre  brownfields tract in
South Barberton.  The area includes a construction
and demolition landfill, a scrap yard, a motor freight
company, a machine shop, an asphalt plant and gravel
mining operations, and unregulated  dump sites.


The Pilot's objective is to facilitate  the cleanup and
redevelopment of 250  acres of contiguous land in
South Barberton  as a self-sustaining, mixed-use
neighborhood by completing site assessments at four
                          Barberton, Ohio
                        City of Barberton
                        Department of Planning
                        (330) 848-6729
Date of Announcement:
June 1999

Amount:  $200,000

Profile:  The Pilot targets
four brownfields in a 250-
acre tract in the Van Buren
neighborhood  of  South
Regional Brownfields Team
U.S. EPA - Region 5
                             Visit the EPA Region 5 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:

priority brownfields. The Pilot will be implemented
within the city's broader revitalization strategy, which
seeks to address housing and transportation needs,
public service issues, industrial and commercial jobs,
and  related quality of life issues.   Cleanup  and
redevelopment of  the brownfields within  South
Barberton are a key component of this strategy. The
redevelopment plans for the targeted area, known as
the Van Buren neighborhood, include low-income
housing and other residences, a 3.7-acre lake, and
incubator-like industrial opportunities.


Activities  planned as part of this Pilot include:

 Performing four environmental assessments within
 South Barberton;

 Completing a city-wide groundwater contamination
 assessment and preparing a cleanup plan;

 Conducting public outreach activities, including
 distribution of four Pilot-project newsletters and
 holding  four  community informational meetings;

 Holding  four workshops to facilitate the participation
 of property owners in site cleanups.
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                                                   Barberton, Ohio
 June 1999                                                                          EPA500-F-99-137