Q \ Brownfields 2003 Assessment and Cleanup
Grant Fact Sheet
Oakland, CA

EPA Brownfields Program
EPA's Brownfields Program empowers states,
communities, and other stakeholders 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
Community Description
The City of Oakland was selected to receive assessment
and cleanup grants. Oakland is an Enhanced Enterprise
Community (EEC) and contains three designated EEC
areas, all of which will benefit from the assessment and
cleanup projects. For the past decade, the City of Oakland
has pursued revitalization of the blighted and
underutilized Uptown Area adjacent to its central business
district. The target area will be redeveloped into housing,
parking, retail areas, and a park. The population
surrounding the site is approximately 80 percent minority,
and 78 percent of households have annual incomes of less
than $25,000. The City of Oakland will convene public
hearings and meetings to discuss the findings of the site
assessment and to educate the community about the
cleanup process.
Assessment Grant
$200,000 for hazardous substances
EPA has selected the City of Oakland for a
brownfields assessment grant. The city will use
grant funds to assess the Uptown Area site.
Specifically, the site will be investigated for soil
contamination by lead, groundwater
contamination by chlorinated solvents, and the
presence of asbestos and lead-based paint in
existing site structures. The Uptown Area site
consists of 56 individual land parcels spanning
three city blocks.
Cleanup Grant
$200,000 for hazardous substances
EPA has selected the City of Oakland for a
brownfields cleanup grant. The city will use grant
funds to clean up a portion of the Uptown Area
site. The site is bounded by 18th Street, Thomas L.
Berkley Way, Telegraph Avenue, and San Pablo
Avenue. Grant funds will be used to clean up
lead-contaminated soil and to remove asbestos and
lead-based paint from existing structures.
For further information, including specific grant
contacts, additional grant information, brownfields
news and events, and publications and links, visit
the EPA Brownfields Web site
EPA Region 9 Brownfields Team
(415) 972-3091
EPA Region 9 Brownfields Web site
(http://www.epa.gov/region9/bro wnfields )
Grant Recipient: Oakland Redevelopment
(510) 238-7314
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accuracy of this information. The cooperative
agreement for the grant has not yet been
negotiated. Therefore, activities described in this
fact sheet are subject to change.
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