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 Site Reuse & Revitalization Program Overview

Vision: Revitalize vacant and underutilized (“brownfield”) properties throughout the Municipality of Anchorage to provide benefits to the community, including environmental restoration, job creation, increased property values, and reduced health risks.

Mission: Use EPA Brownfield Assessment Grant funding to inventory and prioritize brownfield sites for redevelopment, assess existing site conditions, and plan for cleanup and reuse of priority sites throughout our community.

 

Guiding Principles:

·       Prioritize use of grant funds on priority sites that will attract investors and become a catalyst for new employment opportunities and a sustainable job base.

·       Build on past brownfield redevelopment successes.

·       Promote infill development that maximizes use of existing space, infrastructure and utilities.

·       Remove redevelopment barriers by addressing unknown site conditions and creating shovel ready sites.

·       Invest in sites that will generate public and private revenue.

·       Transform blighted areas into thriving neighborhoods.

·       Protect public health and the environment.

·       Promote public participation and input on priority redevelopment areas and sites.

Program Background

The Site Reuse and Revitalization Program is funded by two U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Brownfields Assessment Grants awarded in 2017 to the Municipality of Anchorage (MOA). The Program is managed jointly between the MOA’s Real-Estate and Planning Departments, with support from an environmental consulting team led by Stantec Consulting Services Inc. (Stantec). The grants will fund Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) and other cleanup/reuse activities at publicly and privately-owned brownfield sites over a three-year period (through September 2020).

The EPA defines brownfields as “real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential [i.e. perceived] presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.”

Environmental impacts from historic industrial operations and commercial activities have resulted in vacant and underutilized brownfield properties throughout the Municipality of Anchorage. Brownfields include derelict industrial sites along rail corridors, former auto-related businesses in aging commercial corridors, and other vacant and underutilized commercial and industrial properties. Under contract with MOA, Stantec will assess environmental liabilities and develop cleanup/reuse plans to catalyze redevelopment throughout the community.

The Municipality is seeking candidate sites throughout the community to participate in this this exciting program! Please contact Nicole Jones-Vogel, AICP, Land Management Officer at (907) 343-7531 or jones-vogelNK@muni.org or Kristine Bunnell, Senior Planner for the Planning Department at (907) 343-7993 or BunnellKR@muni.org to see if your property is eligible for grant funded activities.

News & Announcements

  • Community Meeting #2: Tuesday, May 1, 2018 2 pm - 4 pm

                    Meeting to be held at: Anchorage Senior Activity Center - 1300 E 19th Ave, Anchorage, Alaska 99507

  •  Community Meeting #1Occurred on January 23, 2018  10 am - 11:30 am

                                     

Resources

·       Community Member Fact Sheet

·       Property Owner Fact Sheet

·       Process Guide for Property Owners & Stakeholders

·       Brownfield Redevelopment Success Story

·       Site Nomination Form

·       Access Agreement Example

·       Phase I & II Environmental Site Assessment Videos

              o   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hf210UjlDy8

              o   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZQ0gftkF4U

              o   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1OUlPb14tY

 

Nicole Jones-Vogel, AICP  I  Jones-VogelNK@muni.org  I  907.343.7531