The overall objective of the City’s brownfields program is to promote economic development. By working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Hillsborough County Environmental Protection Commission and other stakeholders, the City will be able 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.
In 2002, the Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act was passed to help states and communities around the country cleanup and revitalize brownfields sites. Under this 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.
The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency selected the City of Plant City for two community-wide brownfields assessment grants: $200,000 for hazardous substances and $200,000 for petroleum. Brownfield assessments will allow the city to identify contaminated areas, determine appropriate site reuse, and provide leverage needed to attract private investment for redevelopment projects.
The targeted Community Redevelopment Area (CRA) covers almost half of the city's acreage and is estimated to contain at least 20 brownfields. These old, deteriorating, and vacant sites include closed automobile service stations, dry cleaners, lumber yards, and fertilizer distribution facilities. Brownfield assessments will allow the city to identify contaminated areas, determine appropriate site reuse, and provide leverage needed to attract private investment for redevelopment projects. Grant funds will be used to to develop an inventory of sites, conduct Phase I and Phase II envionmental site assessments of properties in the CRA, and support community outreach activities.
The minimum requirement for assessment of targeted sites shall be a reasonable plan for redevelopment based upon the following priorities: 1) job creation and 2) gateway properties. Bonus points shall be given for City-owned properties and sites owned or under contract by the prospective user.
Brownfields Assessment Program Brochure
http://www.plantcitygov.com/DocumentCenter/Index/414Village Green Concept Plan