United States
                   Environmental
                   Protection Agency
                   Washington, D.C. 20460
Solid Waste
and Emergency
Response (5105)
EPA 500-F-01-312
April 2001
www.epa.gov/brownfields/
v>EPA    Brownfields Supplemental
                                                            Assistance
                                                                Columbus, OH
 Outreach and Special Projects Staff (5105)
                     Quick Reference Fact Sheet
EPA's Brownfields Economic Redevelopment Initiative is designed to empower states, communities, and other stakeholders
in economic redevelopment to worktogether in atimelymannerto prevent, assess, and safely clean up brownfieldsto promote
their sustainable reuse. Brownfields are abandoned, idled, or under-used industrial and commercial facilities where expansion
or redevelopment is complicated by real orperceivedenvironmentalcontamination.EPAisfunding: assessment demonstration
pilot programs (each funded up to $200,000 over two years, with additional funding provided for greenspace), to test
assessment models and facilitate coordinated assessment and cleanup efforts at the federal, state, tribal, and local levels;
and job training pilot programs (each funded up to $200,000 over two years), to provide training for residents of communities
affected by brownfieldsto facilitate cleanup of brownfields sites and preparetraineesforfuture employment intheenvironmental
field; and, a cleanup revolving loan fund program (each funded up to $1,000,000 over five years) to provide financial assistance
for the environmental cleanup of brownfields. These pilot programs are intended to provide EPA, states, tribes, municipalities,
and communities with useful  information and strategies as they continue to seek new methods to promote a unified approach
to site assessment, environmental cleanup, and redevelopment.
BACKGROUND
EPA has selected the City of Columbus to receive
supplemental  assistance for its  Brownfields
Assessment Demonstration  Pilot. Although
Columbus has grown significantly over the past two
decades, development has moved away from the
urban core, leaving many potentially contaminated
former industrial sites.  Factory closures have
contributed to high unemployment and crime rates
and a lack of new economic opportunities on land
perceived to be  contaminated. These problems
contributed to the decision to designate portions of
the city as a federal Enterprise Community (EC).

The  city's original  Brownfields Assessment
Demonstration  Pilot focused on Phase I  and  II
environmental assessments of four large industrial
sites in the  urban core where industries, such as
steel, auto parts, smelting, and aviation, once employed
thousands of people. The Pilot also helped leverage
state, local,  and private investment in brownfields
sites and expand neighborhood-wide reinvestment
projects in  the state-designated Enterprise Zone
(EZ). With the experience gained from the original
Pilot, Columbus is ready to expand its brownfields
activities.
 PILOT SNAPSHOT
    Columbus, Ohio
                       Date of Award: April 2001

                       Amount: $150,000

                       Profile: The Pilot targets
                       eight high-priority brownfields
                       located within thecity's urban
                       core, portions of which have
                       been designated a state
                       Enterprise Zoneandafederal
                       Enterprise Community.
 Contacts:
 Columbus Department of
 Trade and Development
 (614)280-0899
Regional Brownfields Team
U.S. EPA - Region 5
(734)692-7681
      Visit the EPA Region 5 Brownfields web site at:
         http://www.epa.gov/R5Brownfields/

    For further information, including specific Pilot contacts,
  additional Pilot information, brownfields news and events, and
  publications and links, visit the EPA Brownfields web site at:
          http://www.epa.gov/brownfields/

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OBJECTIVES AND PLANNED ACTIVITIES
Supplemental assistance will be usedto assess eight
additional brownfields sites using a framework that
expands on the original Pilot and includes more
community outreach and involvement. Three of the
eight target sites are within the state EZ, and one is
within the federal EC. The supplemental assistance
also will be usedto expand community involvement
and create partnerships to spur neighborhood-wide
reinvestment.

The Pilot plans to:
 Perform Phase I environmental site assessments
 at eight sites, four of which are located in the state
 EZ or federal EC;
 Perform  at least two Phase  II environmental
 assessments;
 Expand community involvement  and outreach
 activities; and
 Work closely with partners, including those involved
 with the  EZ  and EC  initiatives, to leverage
 neighborhood investment.

The cooperative agreement for this Pilot has not yet been negotiated;
therefore, activities described in this tact sheet are subject to change.
 Brownfields Supplemental Assistance                                                       Columbus, Ohio
 April 2001                                                                          EPA 500-F-01-312

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