Brownfields  2003

 Grant  Fact Sheet

         Lula Washington

      Contemporary Dance

Foundation,  Los Angeles, 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. 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 Lula Washington Contemporary Dance Foundation
in Los Angeles was selected to receive a cleanup
grant. The site, in the heart of South Central Los
Angeles, has Enterprise Zone status and is within the
Los Angeles Revitalization Zone area and a city
Community Redevelopment Area. The primarily low-
income neighborhood around the site is plagued with
youth gang violence and drug dealing. The median
income is one-half of the state median and 29 percent
of residents live below the poverty level.  Once the site
is cleaned up and redeveloped, it will be used for after-
school and Saturday programs for low-income, at-risk
youths to deter these youth from gangs, drugs, and
                      Cleanup Grant
                      $200,000 for petroleum

                      EPA has selected the Lula Washington Contem-
                      porary Dance Foundation in Los Angeles for a
                      cleanup grant. Grant funds will be used to clean
                      up the property at 3773-75 South Crenshaw
                      Blvd., the future site of the dance theater's
                      studio. The site was formerly an ambulance
                      dispatch center that also was used for automo-
                      tive repairs. The funds will be used to excavate
                      and dispose of soil contaminated by an
                      aboveground tank and dispose of drums of auto
                      fluids and storage tanks left onsite.
                      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: Lula Washington Contemporary
                      Dance Foundation, CA

                      Prior to receipt of these funds in fiscal year 2003, the Lula
                      Washington Contemporary Dance Foundation has not
                      received brownfields grant funding.

                      The cooperative agreement for this grant has not yet been
                      negotiated; therefore, activities described in this fact sheet
                      are subject to change.
                   violence. The Foundation also plans to use the site for
                   outdoor mini-festivals, open house concerts, and open
                   space for use by community groups.
                      Solid Waste and
                      Emergency Response
                                                                       June 2003