s JQ\ Brownfields 2001 Assessment Pilot Fact Sheet
/ Belvidere, IL
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 has selected the City of Belvidere for a Brownfields
Assessment Pilot. Located between Chicago and
Rockford in north central Illinois, Belvidere (population
18,712) is experiencing booming development along its
downtown river corridor. However, growth has occurred
largely in industries that are a concern to the community.
The Pilot targets two properties in the downtown river
corridor: the Kishwaukee River Site, which includes four
properties; and the East Madison Street site, which
includes three properties. More than 11 percent of the
residents in the target areas live below the poverty level
compared to 6.1 percent for the county.
Pilot Snapshot
Date of Announcement: 04/01/2001
Amount: $200,000
Profile: The Pilot targets two sites in the Belvidere
downtown river corridor for assessment and
redevelopment planning for high-end users to be
determined with involvement from the community.
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 Belvidere,IL
(815) 544-3726
Belvidere's long-term objective is to generate
high-density downtown development, which will help
preserve nearby farmland and open space. City-directed
redevelopment of the project area will establish key sites
as anchor properties for further development of
higher-end reuses. As part of this objective, the Pilot
will focus on quantifying environmental conditions at
the Silver property, which is part of the Kishwaukee
River site, and environmental assessments of the three
East Madison site properties. The Pilot also will enroll
the Silver property in the Illinois voluntary cleanup
program and refine land-use plans with support from the
Activities planned as part of this Pilot include:
	Developing a conceptual land reuse strategy for
the Kishwaukee River site;
	Conducting Phase I and Phase II environmental
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site assessments on the Silver property and the
three East Madison Street properties;
	Enrolling the Silver property in the Illinois EPA
Site Remediation Program and preparing cleanup
plans for both sites; and
	Establishing a steering committee to involve the
community in redevelopment decisions at both
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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