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Fremont Brownfields Redevelopment of Contaminated Sites

Brownfield Redevelopment of the Niles Town Plaza from Railyard

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Brownfields Funding to Revitalize Downtowns

The US EPA makes redevelopment grants to communities and organizations who plan beneficial landuse projects that also will decontaminate or manage contaminants from prior development -- called "brownfields".

The Fremont Redevelopment Agency will use $200,000 in Brownfields funding to revitalize the historic downtown Niles Square in Fremont, CA. Now an abandoned rail yard, Niles Square is contaminated with arsenic, lead and petroleum hydrocarbons.

Fremont’s July 12th groundbreaking celebrated the future redevelopment of Niles Town Plaza, a new public mixed-use development.

"EPA's Waste Management Division is looking forward to working with Fremont on this innovative land revitalization project," said Dave Hodges, Brownfields Project Manager. "Fremont was selected from a number of applicants for a Brownfields grant because of its demonstrated commitment to environmental protection and economic improvement."

EPA Partners with Cities, States, Water Districts and Community Organizations

EPA is one of several project partners contributing to the property’s revitalization. The City worked closely with the California Department of Toxic Substances Control, the Alameda County Water District, and the Fremont community to develop a health-protective plan to clean up the site.

The estimated remediation budget is $4,300,000 and the project will remove 16,700 tons of soil contaminated with elevated levels of arsenic, lead and petroleum hydrocarbons.

Redevelopment Plans Beyond Brownfields

Post-cleanup redevelopment plans include a central plaza with mixed-use retail and new and affordable housing units. The envisioned plaza would serve as a community gathering place that attracts investment and new jobs, and enhances tax revenues. Redevelopment plans feature two restored historic train buildings, a fountain, pedestrian walkways, attractive landscaping, and a slightly-sloped amphitheatre with a seat wall. The Redevelopment Agency anticipates completing the first phase of soil removal by the fall. Construction of the plaza will begin in late 2007.


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