Pacific Southwest, Region 9
Serving: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Pacific Islands, Tribal Nations
National City Community Development Commission received a $200,000 Brownfields Assessment Grant in 2007 to conduct environmental site assessments to determine the extent of environmental contamination, develop cleanup plans, conduct remediation as necessary, pursue redevelopment and empower the Westside Neighborhood to improve public health and well-being, while insuring sustainability by developing affordable housing and enhancing employment opportunities. The City also received a $200,000 Brownfields Assessment Grants in 2003 to conduct Phase I assessments of sites located in the eastern portion the Harbor District, which is one of the oldest and most industrial sections.
With the 2003 funding, the CDC created a website including data from an area wide environmental site assessment, which included over 98 parcels within the 316-acre Redevelopment area. Three city blocks, amounting to 16 parcels, are currently in the redevelopment process and one city block is undergoing remediation through an agreement with a property owner. Home Depot entered into an agreement with CDC to explore brownfield redevelopment of three of the most contaminated blocks in the National City Harbor District, a project that is likely to secure the fiscal sustainability of the community. Due to the grant funds more than 500 permanent jobs averaging a wage of more than $15/hour, plus medical and retirement benefits, will be created due to variety of revitalization projects, in addition to hundreds of short-term jobs for environmental scientists and construction workers. The Harbor District property values have roughly doubled, from $10/square foot to $20/square foot and the economic investment of the combined redevelopment projects facilitated by EPA funding is $2 billion.