Brownfields 2000 Revolving Loan Fund Pilot
Fact Sheet
Hamilton, OH
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.
The City of Hamilton's economy is linked to industrial
development. Due to a loss of industrial jobs, the City is
facing economic adversity. Hamilton has been
designated a Distressed City by the State of Ohio.
Hamilton's BCRLF will target the City's Enterprise Zone
(EZ), which has a poverty rate of 26 percent and an
unemployment rate of 12 percent. The EZ was created to
encourage industrial and commercial investment in the
most distressed sections of the community. The City was
awarded a Brownfields Assessment Pilot in 1998. To
date, the City has assessed and aided in the
redevelopment of approximately one million square feet
of space in the Enterprise Zone.
Pilot Snapshot
Date of Announcement: 05/01/2000
Amount: $500,000
Profile: City of Hamilton Enterprise Zone
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 5 Brownfields Team
EPA Region 5 Brownfields Web site
Grant Recipient: City of Hamilton, Ohio
Hamilton's BCRLF intends to provide business owners
with technical assistance, link potential borrowers to
additional sources of funding, encourage community
involvement, and facilitate public-private partnerships.
Redeveloping sites in the target area is expected to
mitigate health risks, create jobs, increase private
investment, and help retain existing businesses. In
addition, job training partnerships are anticipated
among the cooperating partners and new businesses.
Fund Structure and Operations
The City of Hamilton Department of Economic
Development will serve as lead agency and fund
manager. The Environmental Laboratory and Safety
Division of the Department of Operations will assume
the duties of site manager.
The City of Hamilton will leverage other Federal, State
and local resources through the successful completion of
site selection and remediation planning activities.
United States
Protection Agency
Washington, DC 20450
Solid Waste
and Emergency
Response (5105T)
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Hamilton plans to use US Department of Housing and
Urban Development Community Development Block
Grant funds for remediation and redevelopment
activities, make loans from its Commercial Revolving
Loan Fund, assist in developing creative public-private
partnerships through the Community Improvement
Corporation, and increase participation in cleanup
activities and aid in identifying other funding sources
through the City's Voluntary Action Program. The City
also will provide services valued at approximately
$50,000 to the BCRLF program. In addition,
supplementary loans may be available through Ohio's
Water Pollution Control Loan Fund and Urban
Redevelopment Loan Program.
Use of BCRLF Pilot funds must be in accordance with
CERCLA, and all CERCLA restrictions on use of
funding also apply to BCRLF funds.
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.
United States
Protection Agency
Washington, DC 20450
and Emergency
Response (5105T)
Solid Waste
EPA 500-F-00-150
May 00