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Aug 12, 2020
Successful redevelopment and risk management in Emeryville, California
I. Dayrit1, R. Arulanantham2 & L. Feldman3 1 City of Emeryville, USA 1 California Environmental Protection Agency, Regional Water Quality Control Board, USA J Geomatrix Consultants USA
Abstract Emeryville, California is a small city in the San Francisco Bay Area that faced the challenge of redeveloping partially abandoned and underutilized industrial properties, while protecting environmental and public health. In the early 1970's, it suffered from high crime and unemployment rates, high vacancies of non residential properties, and perceived extensive groundwater contamination. Guided by a Community Task Force and Technical Advisory Team, Emeryville implemented a program that significantly reduced the uncertainties to brownfields redevelopment, while enhancing environmental protection. The strategies that the city employed include an area-wide groundwater management program, fmancial assistance for site assessment and remediation, Internet-based GIS applications for dissemination of environmental, planning, real estate and institutional control infonnation, and adaptive reuse of industrial buildings. In using these strategies in concert, Emeryville redeveloped key projects that served as economic catalysts, IDCiuding infrastructure and transit-oriented developments, retail and entertainment callers and multi-family and mixed-income housing.
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Leadership and stakeholder participation were key ingredients in formulating and refining these strategies. The City Council carefully considered contributions from residents, businesses, lenders, developers and city staff. Coordination and technical assistance with the regulatory agencies, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), California EPA Department of Toxic Substances Control and Regional Water Quality Control Board, were vital in designing the program
Emeryville's program is considered a model for brownfields redevelopment and has been internationally recognized, including a Bangemann Challenge Award (now the Stockholm Challenge) in 1999, and Phoenix Awards in 1999 and 2001. References  City of Emeryville, Project Status Report, November 1998  Geomatrix Consultants, Inc. (Geomatrix), Conceptual Groundwater Model,
Emeryville Brownfields Pilot Project, Emeryville, California, March 30, 1998.  Geomatrix, Final Groundwater Report, City of Emeryville, Emeryville, California, July 26, 2001.
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