What is a Brownfield?
Brownfield sites are real properties, the expansion, development, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. ~ US EPA
Types of brownfield properties
Brownfields are often abandoned, closed or under-used industrial or commercial facilities, such as an abandoned factory in a city’s former industrial section or a closed commercial building or warehouse in a suburban setting. Brownfields, however, can be located anywhere and can be quite small. For instance, many dry cleaning establishments and gas stations produced high levels of subsurface contaminants during their operation. A second growth forest or a vacant lot may contain contaminated fill or be the site of the illegal dumping of pollutants.
US EPA Brownfields Assessment Grant
In May of 2016, the Zanesville-Muskingum County Coalition (ZMCC), comprised of the City of Zanesville, Muskingum County, and the Zanesville-Muskingum County Port Authority, received a $550,000 US EPA Brownfields Hazardous Substances & Petroleum Assessment Grant.
This grant supports the assessment of brownfield properties located within Muskingum County. The funding provides $400,000 in funding to assess properties potentially contaminated with hazardous substances and $150,000 for properties with potential petroleum contamination.
This grant funding is available through September 30, 2020.
What are the steps involved in property assessment?
- Property Owner submits Property Submission Form.
- ZMCC selects sites for eligibility approval
- Site Eligibility Determinations
- Completion of Site Access Agreement
- ZMCC Environmental consultant completes:
- Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs)
- Phase II ESAs
- Hazardous Materials Assessments
- Cleanup planning and design
Why are the studies needed?
- Site Assessment may be required for a loan for redevelopment by a bank
- The Assessment may increase the marketability of a brownfield
- Assessments can assist owners and developers interested in cleaning up brownfield sites and redeveloping them for productive use
- Studies build prerequisite plans to apply for cleanup funding at the state and federal level
What areas are eligible?
The grant funding may be utilized on any site within Muskingum County that meets the U.S. EPA property eligibility criteria. Property owner participation is mandatory. Sites will be prioritized by the ZMCC based upon site eligibility, access, marketability, and community impact.
What about site cleanup?
If it is determined that the cleanup of part/all of a site is necessary, members of the ZMCC or other local municipalities may pursue additional grant funding to support site cleanup. Funding for site remediation/cleanup is available from the U.S. EPA Brownfield Cleanup Program and the Jobs Ohio Revitalization Fund.
ZMCC Brownfield Assessment Sites
Click here to view a story map of the brownfield sites.
Interested in Applying for an Assessment?
If you are interested in applying for a property assessment for a brownfield site within Muskingum County, please complete the Property Submission Form and submit it to the City of Zanesville’s Community Development Department.
Additional information regarding the U.S. EPA Brownfield Grant Program is available online at http://epa.gov/brownfields/assessment_grants.htm.
2018 Brownfield Revitalization Workshop
In June 2018, the Ohio EPA partnered with the City of Zanesville to hold the Brownfields Revitalization Workshop at the Zanesville-Muskingum County Convention and Visitors Bureau. This workshop offered training opportunities for certified professionals, environmental consultants, local governments, and non-profits on topics related to site assessment, remediation, and redevelopment.
During the workshop, City of Zanesville Community Development staff conducted a presentation on the City’s brownfield sites and revitalization strategies. In addition, the Community Development Department partnered with South East Area Transit (SEAT) to provide bus tours of brownfield sites in Zanesville and Muskingum County, and developed a Downtown Zanesville Self-Guided Walking Tour for workshop participants.
Download the City of Zanesville’s presentation here: City of Zanesville Community Case Study Presentation.
2016 TAB Visioning Session
In May, 2018, the City of Zanesville hosted a public meeting at the Muskingum County Fairgrounds in partnership with SME and the EPA Technical Assistance to Brownfields Program (TAB).
The purpose of the meeting was to solicit community input and develop a community vision for targeted underutilized and abandoned sites in the greater Brighton area of Zanesville. The Visioning Session was attended by 60 residents, who provided their ideas on the highest and best use of the sites. The TAB program then provided conceptual drawings to further the community dialogue on brownfields redevelopment.
Downloadable versions of the TAB Report and conceptual drawings can be found below.
For more information on Zanesville Brownfield Redevelopment projects, please contact:
Bill Arnett, Community Development
Phone: (740) 617-4879