Brownfields 1997 Assessment Pilot Fact Sheet
Oakland, CA
EPA Brownfields Initiative
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 mechanism.
EPA Region 9 selected the City of Oakland for a
Regional Brownfields Pilot. Oakland selected two
brownfields sites as catalyst sites for other redevelopment
projects in Oakland's commercial and industrial centers.
The Central District Redevelopment Area is a 2-acre site.
The other site is a 17-acre portion of the Coliseum
Redevelopment Area of East Oakland. During the past
two decades over 20,000 manufacturing jobs have been
lost in the Coliseum Area due to plant closure and
relocation. Over 600 acres in the Coliseum Area have
been vacated or are under-used, and over 700 sites have
been identified as having known or suspected hazardous
or toxic contamination. Most of the Coliseum Area is
within a federally-designated Enhanced Enterprise
In April 1997, an additional $100,000 was added to the
Pilot grant which will be used to encourage brownfields
revitalization of the redevelopment of the Fruitvale Bay
Area Rapid Transit (BART) areas's Transit Village
project. This large-scale development project is designed
to revitalize the neighborhood with shops, offices, and
housing in a pedestrian-oriented setting. This is a local,
community-driven project for which EPA is partnering
with the Department of Housing and Urban Development
(HUD), the Department of Health and Human Services
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Pilot Snapshot
Date of Announcement: 09/01/1996
Amount: $200,000
Profile: The Pilot targets the redevelopment of two
sites in the Central District Redevelopment Area (2
acres) and the Coliseum Redevelopment Area (17
For further information, including specific grant
contacts, additional grant information, brownfields
news and events, and publications and links, visit the
EPA Brownfields Web site
(http ://www .epa.gov/brownfields).
EPA Region 9 Brownfields Team
EPA Region 9 Brownfields Web site
(http ://www .epa.gov/region9/brownfields)
Grant Recipient: City of Oakland,CA
The Oakland Pilot is seeking to revitalize the
contaminated properties in the Central District
Redevelopment and Coliseum Redevelopment Areas as
well as the Fruitvale BART Station area. The major
focus of the Pilot will be on completing Phase II site
assessments and remediation planning. This information
will assist Oakland's Redevelopment Agency in
developing a strategy for redevelopment of the sites.
The Pilot is:
•	Reviewing existing data on two sites and
completing site assessments;
•	Completing health and safety plans, site surveys,
and risk assessments, and preparing summary
reports of the findings and recommendations;
•	Developing remedial plans and cost estimates.
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well as private entities to redevelop this multi-cultural
The information presented in this fact sheet comes from
the grant proposal; EPA cannot attest to the 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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