Celebrating 15 Years of the Superfund Redevelopment Initiative
Highlighting Superfund Reuse Success
Site Reuse Spotlights: Redevelopment of Jibboom Junkyard Superfund Site (PDF) (1 pg, 168K, About PDF)
Successful integration of the Jibboom Junkyard Superfund site in the the City of Sacramento's River District Redevelopment Area has transformed this formerly contaminated property into a scenic recreational destination along the Sacramento River.
Previous Site Reuse Spotlights
Superfund Site Reuse Snapshot of the Month: Benfield Industries
Superfund Redevelopment in the News
- The 280-acre Del Amo Superfund site in Los Angeles, California is now a dynamic industrial and commercial area home to businesses specializing in freight-forwarding, warehousing, distribution and logistics. Learn more about local economic impacts of continued uses and redevelopment at this site in the report Reuse and Benefit to the Community: Del Amo Superfund Site (PDF) (9 pp, 1.5MB, About PDF).
EPA’s cleanup efforts at the Gowanus Canal Superfund site in Brooklyn, New York, are attracting developers and growth to the surrounding area. In addition to restaurant and retail space, several new residential developments, including affordable housing units and units for seniors, are planned along the canal.
News Article: With its namesake canal finally getting clean, Gowanus grows
- The Chemical Commodities, Inc. Superfund site in Olathe, Kansas, is now blooming with pollinator habitat gardens and buzzing with new life. This video shares the story of how a site cleanup, completed one year ahead of schedule, has been a success for plants, for people and for pollinators.
- SRI and the Center for Conflict Prevention and Resolution sponsored a community charrette for the Paradise Creek corridor that resulted in a future use framework (PDF) (12 pp, 12.8MB, About PDF) to integrate economic development, environmental stewardship and improved transportation options.
- SRI and EPA Region 5 sponsored an area-wide reuse planning process for the Eastside environmental justice community in Freeport, IL that resulted in a future use framework (PDF) (8 pp, 13.1MB, About PDF) to integrate green infrastructure and reduce flooding.
Program Related News
- On February 20, 2014, at 2:30 pm EST, SRI hosted a free webinar entitled Area-Wide Planning, Superfund Sites, Environmental Justice and Green Infrastructure: Tying it All Together in the Freeport Community Planning Project. This webinar provided an in-depth look at the Freeport, Illinois, project and included topics such as restoring strained relationships between environmental justice communities and government agencies, reusing contaminated areas to improve neighborhood quality of life, and developing green and grey infrastructure strategies to reduce flood impacts on residential areas. Presenters used the Freeport Community Planning Project as a case study to show how strategically engaging an entire community in an SRI area-wide planning project can mend relationships and create forward momentum for positive neighborhood change. Visit the Clu-In website to view or download the presentations and related resources.
- SRI’s new video, Reuse Planning: Involving Communities in Decisions that Matter, highlights how the EPA’s reuse planning process involves communities in planning for the future use of Superfund sites.
- Superfund Reuse: Bringing New Opportunities to Communities (PDF) (20 pp, 11.2MB, About PDF)
This 2013 update to the Superfund Redevelopment Initiative Brochure offers updated program information, tools, resources and contact information. The brochure also shares exciting reuse successes from all ten EPA Regions.