The Site Reuse and Revitalization Program is funded by two U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Brownfields Assessment Grants awarded in 2016 to the Sonoma County Community Development Commission. The Program is managed by the Commission with support from an environmental consulting team led by Stantec Consulting Services Inc. (Stantec) and a research and community outreach consultant Glen Price Group Inc. The grants will fund Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) and other cleanup/reuse activities at publicly and privately-owned brownfield sites over a three-year period (through September 2019).
The EPA defines brownfields as “real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential [i.e. perceived] presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.”
Environmental impacts from historic industrial operations and commercial activities have resulted in vacant and underutilized brownfield properties throughout the Roseland neighborhood. The project area includes approximately 71 identified brownfield sites, with more than 50 along a one-mile segment of the Sebastopol Road commercial corridor. The presence of these sites has historically reduced business vitality in the neighborhood, which, in turn, has reduced employment and economic opportunity for local residents. Brownfields along the Sebastopol Road corridor have been a significant barrier to business investment since 1984, when the area was designated as a State Superfund site. With the support and oversight of the Commission, Stantec will assess environmental liabilities and develop cleanup/reuse plans to catalyze redevelopment of high priority sites throughout Roseland.