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Brownfield Community Assessment Initiative

The Cuyahoga County Brownfield Redevelopment Fund Community Assessment Initiative provides professional services to conduct Phase I and Phase II environmental site assessments on Brownfield contaminated with hazardous substances and/or petroleum products in Cuyahoga County.

The County contracts directly with experienced environmental consulting firms to conduct the assessment work. The most appropriate consultants will be assigned to a selected project. All Phase I environmental site assessments will meet the USEPA's "All Appropriate Inquiry" criteria; however, there is the option to complete all assessment activities under the standards of the Ohio EPA's Voluntary Action Program (VAP) and/or the State of Ohio's Bureau of Underground Storage Tank Regulations' (BUSTR) 3-Tier Evaluation process.

Eligible applicants are public entities, non-profit organizations, businesses, and developers located in the County. Funds are not available to any parties that caused or contributed to the contamination of the site.

Please complete and submit an application if you are interested in receiving environmental site assessments under this Initiative. The Department of Development's Brownfields staff highly recommends contacting them before applying.

Community Assessment Initiative Applications.

The Coalition partners review all incoming Community Assessment Initiative applications and refer potential projects for consideration to the County Executive. The following criteria will be used to evaluate applications:

  1. Community and Economic Benefits - Has the Applicant demonstrated the community and economic benefits of assessing and, subsequently redeveloping the project property?
  2. Redevelopment Viability - Has the Applicant demonstrated that the redevelopment of the project property is viable in the near-term?
  3. Risk - Has the Applicant adequately indicated the possible existing risks to human health and the environment at the site and demonstrated the need for assessment?
  4. Leverage - Has the Applicant adequately attempted to leverage additional funds and/or will County assessment funds stimulate additional funding for assessment/cleanup from other sources?

The Department of Development requires the local community to demonstrate their support by having the local government in which a selected brownfield is located approve a resolution of support for the project. For additional information, contact the Department of Development's Brownfields staff .