Brownfields  2003

 Grant  Fact Sheet

   Multnomah  County,

         Portland, OR

EPA Brownfields Program

EPA's Brownfields Program empowers states, commu-
nities, and other stakeholders in economic development
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 con-
taminant.  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

Multnomah County was selected to receive a cleanup
grant. Oregon leads the nation in unemployment, and
Portland has led the state in job loss. The county has
targeted a site on Division Street in an old industrialized
area of Portland. The poverty rate in the neighbor-
hoods around the project area range up to 22 percent,
and 17 percent of residents are minorities. Due to a
critical shortage of housing for the elderly and disabled,
redevelopment plans for the site include construction of
housing for these residents. The Hosford-Abernathy
Neighborhood Association and surrounding neighbors
will be involved throughout the cleanup and development
of the new housing project.
                                 Cleanup Grant
                                 $200,000 for petroleum

                                 EPA has selected Multnomah County for a
                                 brownfields cleanup grant. The grant will be
                                 used to conduct cleanup activities at the Special
                                 Needs Housing for Physically Disabled site in
                                 Portland. The site is a former service station that
                                 operated from 1933 until the early 1990s and then
                                 was used for a small grocery. Although under-
                                 ground storage tanks and some petroleum-contami-
                                 nated soil were removed a few ago, further cleanup
                                 is required since groundwater fluctuation apparently
                                 has spread the contamination.
                                 For further information, including specific grant
                                 contacts, additional grant information,
                                 brownfields news and events, and publications
                                 and links, visit the EPA Brownfields web site at:

                                 EPA Region 10 Brownfields Team
                        click on
                                 "Superfund", scroll down, and click on

                                 Grant Recipient: Multnomah County, OR

                                 Prior to receipt of these funds in fiscal year 2003,
                                 Multnomah County has not received funding for
                                 brownfields grants. The City of Portland has received
                                 brownfields funding for assessment, revolving loan fund,
                                 and Showcase Community grants.

                                 The cooperative agreement for this grant has not yet been
                                 negotiated; therefore, activities described in this fact sheet
                                 are subject to change.
                                                 Solid Waste and
                                                 Emergency Response
                                                       June 2003