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Brownfields 2003 Cleanup  Grant Fact Sheet
Southeast Chicago Development Commission, South Chicago,
IL
EPA Brownfields Program

EPA's Brownfields Program empowers states.
communities, and other stakeholders to work together to
prevent, assess, safely clean up, and sustainably reuse
brownfields. A brownfield site is real property, the
expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be
complicated by the presence or potential presence of a
hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. On
January 11, 2002, President George W. Bush signed
into law the Small Business Liability Relief and
Brownfields Revitalization Act. Under the Brownfields
Law, EPA provides financial assistance to eligible
applicants through four competitive grant programs:
assessment grants, revolving loan fund grants, cleanup
grants, and job training grants. Additionally, funding
support is provided to state and tribal response
programs through a separate mechanism.

Community Description

The Southeast Chicago Development Commission was
selected to receive a cleanup grant. The Commission
has identified an urban site in  an industrial area of
Chicago 12 miles southeast of downtown. The South
Chicago neighborhood is home to 42,400 residents, 93
percent of whom are minorities. Poverty in South
Chicago has increased since 1990 to 26 percent of
households, and unemployment is about 11 percent.
Cleanup of the site  is critical to the development of a
new retail center, including a grocery store that is
expected to create new permanent jobs and spur further
interest in brownfields redevelopment. The South
Chicago TIP Advisory Committee and community
residents will be involved in decision-making
throughout the project.
                                     Cleanup Grant

                                     $200,000 for hazardous substances

                                     EPA has selected the Southeast Chicago
                                     Development Commission for a cleanup grant. Grant
                                     funds will be used to conduct cleanup activities at
                                     the 92nd & Burley site in South Chicago. A gasoline
                                     filling station, dry cleaner, and furniture factory have
                                     occupied this now vacant site. Grant funds also will
                                     be used to involve the community in redevelopment
                                     planning and reuse decisions.

                                     Contacts

                                     For further information, including specific grant
                                     contacts, additional grant information, brownfields
                                     news and events, and publications and links, visit
                                     the EPA Brownfields Web site
                                     (http://www.epa.gov/brownfields).

                                     EPA Region 5 Brownfields Team
                                     (312)886-7576
                                     EPA Region 5 Brownfields Web site
                                     (http://www.epa.gov/R5Brownfields)

                                     Grant Recipient: Southeast Chicago Development
                                     Commission,IL
                                     (773) 731-8755 ext 15

                                     The information presented in this fact sheet comes
                                     from the grant proposal; EPA cannot attest to the
                                     accuracy of this information. The cooperative
                                     agreement for the grant has not yet been negotiated.
                                     Therefore, activities described in this fact sheet are
                                     subject to change.
  United States
  Environmental
  Protection Agency
  Washington, DC 20450
                  Solid Waste
                  and Emergency
                  Response (5105T)
EPA500-F-03-187
        Jun 03

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