Brownfields Assessments Project

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The City of Vancouver, in partnership with Clark County Public Health and the Vancouver Housing Authority, is undertaking the Brownfields Assessments project. Over the next three years, this project will update the City's existing brownfields site inventory and expand it to include other potential sites in Clark County, conduct environmental assessments on key individual sites to determine contaminants and issues involved, and develop clean-up plans if needed.

This project will focus on assessments in the Fourth Plain target area in central Vancouver, but will include other potential sites throughout the City of Vancouver and Clark County. The Fourth Plain target

Aerial image of downtown Vancouver

The City of Vancouver, in partnership with Clark County Public Health and the Vancouver Housing Authority, is undertaking the Brownfields Assessments project. Over the next three years, this project will update the City's existing brownfields site inventory and expand it to include other potential sites in Clark County, conduct environmental assessments on key individual sites to determine contaminants and issues involved, and develop clean-up plans if needed.

This project will focus on assessments in the Fourth Plain target area in central Vancouver, but will include other potential sites throughout the City of Vancouver and Clark County. The Fourth Plain target area roughly includes central Vancouver between I-5 and I-205.

What are brownfields?
Brownfields are properties previously used for industrial or commercial activities that may have resulted in low level soil contamination from oil-related or hazardous materials. Redevelopment of brownfields can help to:

  • Utilize existing infrastructure on previously developed land
  • Create jobs
  • Strengthen neighborhoods
  • Promote a cleaner environment
  • Reduce health risks

What will this project do?
The project team will work with interested property owners at key sites to determine their specific environmental constraints and facilitate clean-up activities if needed, and engage the community and area stakeholders in site reuse and design for future redevelopment. Participation is entirely voluntary. The project is funded by a recent $600,000 Brownfields Coalition Grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to complete the following work over the next three years:

  • Update and expand the City's brownfields site inventory to include the expanded Clark County geography (the original site inventory was completed with a 2013 EPA Brownfields Community-Wide Assessment Grant and only addresses City of Vancouver Brownfields sites).
  • At least 15 Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs), evenly divided between petroleum and hazard substance sites (10 ESAs to be included in the Fourth Plain target area).
  • At least 12 Phase II ESAs, evenly divided between petroleum and hazardous substance sites (8 ESAs to be included in the target area)
  • Prepare Analysis of Brownfield Cleanup Alternatives (ABCAs) at one hazardous substance site and one petroleum site.
  • Develop an Area-Wide Plan (AWP) and a Final Cleanup Plan for up to two brownfield impacted area, potentially including real estate market analysis, infrastructure assessment, conceptual reuse planning and design, and targeted community outreach and engagement.

Get Involved
A local Advisory Committee will be developed to help oversee the process and meetings will be open to the public. There will also be opportunities for community involvement and public input at key milestones over the course of the project. To receive updates about the Brownfields Assessments project and opportunities for public input, you can:

Previous Brownfield Accomplishments
In 2013, the City of Vancouver was awarded an EPA Brownfields Community Wide Planning Grant, which was used to establish a citywide brownfields site inventory and conduct environmental assessments on key individual sites. 14 Phase I and/or II Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) and two remediation plans were completed, and the City was able to prepare several brownfields sites for future redevelopment. Key accomplishments include:

Block 10 - 801 Columbia St.

Block 10, where private investment of $40 million is planned to result in construction of a 220,350 square feet mixed-use building in downtown Vancouver.

Quad Investment Sites - Lower Grand Employment Area

Quad Investment sites, where an investment of $60 million is anticipated to yield 300,000-400,000 square feet of commercial office and retail space supporting 1,500-3,000 direct jobs having an estimated economic impact of $144-288 million in annual payroll and sales tax revenues of $3.4-6.3 million.

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