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2011 Success Stories

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Each of these projects was recognized by the Regional Administrator during the National Brownfields Conference. Success Story Posters are created annually featuring a successful project in each of Region 5's States.

Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe

The Leech Lake Brownfields Response Program, funded with US EPA Brownfields 128(a) funds, assessed the soil around the Onigum Parish Hall because of suspected asbestos and lead paint contamination. The building, owned by the Episcopal Diocese of Minnesota, was adjacent to a Head Start Center. The Band enforced its response program authority when it learned that the soil exceeded the cleanup standard for lead in the Band's Hazardous Substance Control Act. The Band required the Diocese to remove lead-contaminated soil, complete verification sampling and backfill the area under an approved cleanup plan. The Diocese also demolished the dilapidated building under Band oversight in order to remove the source of further contamination. This is the first time a tribe in Region 5 has had a non-tribal entity comply with the requirements of its tribal site cleanup law, and is an important milestone for tribal sovereignty. The cleanup protects the children at the Head Start Center from the devastating health effects of exposure to lead. This project is a great example of the difference that brownfields funding is making in the lives of people in Region 5.

Contact: Diane Thompson, Brownfields Response Program Manager, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, 218-335-743, dthompson@lldrm.org

East St. Louis Housing Authority, Ill.

Assessment resources from US EPA along with clean up funds from Illinois EPA, ARRA LUST funds, to the Housing Authority transformed a former car dealership into a farmers market. Like many urban areas across the country, East St. Louis has mostly fast-food restaurants and, by many observers, is reportedly produce starved. East St. Louis is considered a food desert, an area where residents have limited access to healthy food choices. The East St. Louis Farmers market that opened in May of 2010 is a step in the right direction. Addressing food deserts and the chronic illnesses associated with obesity caused by the lack of choice and access to healthy foods that plague low income and predominantly minority communities is one way of improving eating habits in East St. Louis and in the United States.

Contact: Elizabeth Tolliver, Executive Director, East St. Louis Housing Authority, 618-646-7163, etolliver@eslha.org, Thomas W. Miller, Illinois EPA Bureau of Land, 618-346-5120, Tom.Miller@Illinois.gov

Maple Street Pond Park, Terre Haute, Ind.

In this project, the Former Lakeview Nursing Home was reclaimed and a new state amenity was created that will include a fishing pond, trail and park. It was financed in part by the Indian Brownfields Program's Trails and Parks Initiative funded by US EPA. The sustainable park, which is opening June 2011, continues the City's Going Green Initiative which incorporates infrastructure re-use for water pollution prevention activities, native landscaping and innovative stormwater/best management practices. Energy conservation will be ensured with the implementation of the "no mo mow" park maintenance policy.

Contact: Pat Martin, 812-244-4903, pat.martin@terrehaute.in.gov

Indiana 15 Regional Planning Commission, Ind.

With funds from the US EPA for assessment, the Indiana 15 Regional Planning Commission (Indiana 15) has produced a model for rural coalitions in Indiana. This is the first regional planning organization that serves predominantly rural communities to receive brownfields funding in Indiana. Brownfields funding is a central element in the six-county five year comprehensive economic development strategy. Indiana 15 is pivotal in decision making for economic development, transportation and community infrastructure planning and helps the region utilize federal and state resources to carry out priority projects. Indiana 15 has adopted a vision that recognizes the region's unique natural, historic and physical resources and that will preserve and protect the environment while maximizing economic potential. The comprehensive plan will ensure the future stability and growth for the counties it covers. The plan is working, Pike County won a $200,000 cleanup grant to address a former gas station in the 2010 funding cycle.

Contact: Tom Mosley, 812-367-8455, tom@ind15rpc.org

Ventower Project, Downriver Community Conference, Mich.

With funds from the US EPA Brownfields Program for cleanup and an advanced energy tax credit under American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Ventower Industries is building a 115,000 square foot wind tower manufacturing facility at the Port of Monroe. Ventower is a full service fabricator and supplier of utility scale wind turbines. The company is scaling up to provide quality wind towers across the Great Lakes region. They are collaborating with local officials and others to make Monroe and Southeast Michigan a regional center for advanced wind energy manufacturing. Ventower, a great example of the use of brownfields and brownfields resources to support renewable energy, is on target to begin taking orders for delivery this month.

Contact: Paula Boase, 734-362-3477, Paula.Boase@dccwf.org

Beacon Bluff Business Center, Saint Paul Port Authority, Minn.

The Saint Paul Port Authority purchased the original plant with the intention of preparing it for redevelopment of Beacon Bluff, a business center. The plant is 61 acres in size. To date, 14 acres have been successfully redeveloped by Baldinger Backery, using revolving loan funds and HealthEast Medical Transportation Service which recently broke ground for a 44,000 square foot medical transportation and training facility on Arcade Street. Beacon Bluff will fill the center of the Phalen Corridor, crowning a 15-year effort to transform a once-polluted rail corridor into a thriving East Side neighborhood.

Contact: Monte Hilleman, 651-204-6237, mmh@sppa.com

Dayton Tech Town project on the former General Motors Delphi Harrison Radiator Facility Dayton, Ohio

The Dayton Tech Town project is being constructed on the former thirty (30) acre General Motors Delphi Harrison Radiator Facility located in downtown Dayton, OH near the confluence of the Mad and the Great Miami River. The project is an excellent example of reuse of former auto facilities. The reuse is part of the City of Dayton's comprehensive plan for developing an advanced technology park with a publicly accessible greenspace. A LEED certified commercial office building was completed in 2009 and a second is currently under construction. The project will also create 4.25 acres of greenspace which will be set aside for a public park. This was all possible with funding from a variety of sources including the Clean Ohio Revitalization Fund, Clean Ohio Conservation, Montgomery County, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, GM Trust funds, the City of Dayton and US EPA funds and technical assistance. Total project costs are approximately $36M.

Contact: Katie Courtright, 614-728-6639, Katie.Courtright@development.ohio.gov , Chris Lipson, Chris.Lipson@daytonohio.gov

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Wis.

WDNR, Remediation and Redevelopment Program has many reasons to be proud of their fine work over the past several years. These include completing the Institution Controls Report, an EPA funded evaluation of IC Monitoring and collection of lessons learned; outstanding support of the Brownfield Tax Credit; supporting WI communities by clarifying liability questions; the One Clean Up Program Memorandum, the first MOA in the country to cover all the EPA Clean Up Programs; maintaining high quality on line tools for stakeholders across the state; establishing the WI Plant Recovery Initiative, a blending of the many financial and liability incentives they offer in an innovative response to the economic downturn; offering and/or administering grants and loans for many Wisconsin communities; and a refreshingly transparency in program implementation.

Contact: Andrew Savagian, 608-261-6422, Andrew.Savagian@Wisconsin.gov or Michael Prager, Michael.Prager@Wisconsin.gov

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