Brownfields  2003

 Grant  Fact Sheet

       South Bend,  IN

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. Abrownfield 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. Addi-
tionally, funding support is provided to state and tribal
response programs through a separate mechanism.

Community Description

The City of South Bend was selected for a brownfields
cleanup grant. South Bend was a major manufacturing
center through the mid-Twentieth Century.  Following a
decline in the local industrial economy, many properties
became underutilized and were abandoned. Nearly
half of the residents living in the area near the
brownfields site are Hispanic and 28 percent have
incomes below the poverty level, compared to 8.5
percent citywide. The site is located in the heart of
South Bend's industrial core. Following remediation,
the city anticipates new construction of a light industrial
park, with private investment of $46 million and
creation of  1,750 new jobs over the next 15 years.
This revitalization is expected to dramatically improve
the quality of life in the surrounding neighborhoods by
                                 Cleanup Grant
                                 $200,000 for hazardous substances *
                                 EPA has selected the City of South Bend for a
                                 cleanup grant. Grant funds will be used for
                                 cleanup of the former Studebaker Stamping
                                 Plant, which has been used as a lumber-storage
                                 yard for wagons, and for automobile manufactur-
                                 ing. Now vacant and owned by the city, the site
                                 is contaminated with chlorinated solvents that are
                                 polluting the groundwater. Cleanup plans include
                                 use of an innovative in situ chemical oxidation
                                 technology for remediation of contaminants
                                 below ground.
                                 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 5 Brownfields Team

                                 Grant Recipient: City of South Bend, IN

                                 Prior to receipt of these funds in fiscal year 2003, the City
                                 of South Bend has received brownfields funding for an
                                 assessment grant.

                                 The cooperative agreement for this grant has not yet been
                                 negotiated; therefore, activities described in this fact sheet
                                 are subject to change.
                               removing a crumbling scar from the city's skyline and
                               restoring an additional 44 acres to productive use.
                                                 Solid Waste and
                                                 Emergency Response
                                                       June 2003