Brownfields  2003

 Grant  Fact Sheet

West Sacramento,  CA

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 West Sacramento (population 36,600) was
selected to receive an assessment grant. Assessment
grant funds will be focused on the blighted and eco-
nomically stagnant West Capitol Avenue Corridor area.
Prior to construction of Interstate/Business 80, the
corridor was the main route between Sacramento and
the San Francisco Region. West Capitol Avenue was
filled with highway commercial services, including gas
stations, repair shops, wrecking yards, motels, restau-
rants, and dry cleaners. When the major transportation
route moved to 1-80, the corridor became stagnant and
is now in a state of decline. Forty-two percent of West
Capitol Avenue Corridor residents have annual house-
hold incomes of less than $20,000, and the area has a
12 percent unemployment rate. The city plans to
                                                 Assessment Grant
                                 $200,000 for hazardous substance

                                 EPA has selected the City of West Sacramento
                                 for a brownfields assessment grant. The city will
                                 use grant funds to conduct Phase I and Phase II
                                 assessments of properties in the blighted and
                                 economically stagnant West Capitol Avenue
                                 Corridor area, which fell into decline with the
                                 construction of a major new transportation route
                                 through the city. Grant funds will also be used to
                                 conduct community outreach activities.
                                 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 9 Brownfields Team

                                 Grant Recipient: City of West Sacramento, CA

                                 Prior to receipt of these funds in fiscal year 2003, the City
                                 of West Sacramento has not received brownfields grant

                                 The cooperative agreement for this grant has not yet been
                                 negotiated; therefore, activities described in this fact sheet
                                 are subject to change.
                               redevelop the area as a central corridor with a dynamic
                               mix of retail and office development including housing,
                               transportation, and public facilities. The project entails
                               a community outreach effort that will provide ample
                               opportunities for community involvement.
                                                 Solid Waste and
                                                 Emergency Response
                                                       June 2003