City Anticipates EPA Grant Award; Request for Qualifications Closes October 17

 

Now that the City of Durham has been notified that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plans to award a 2014 Brownfields Assessment Grant, qualified and experienced engineering and environmental contractors are being sought to assist with the management and execution of the grant.

 

In late August 2014, the City’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development received notification from the EPA of its intent to begin negotiations with the City to award cooperative agreements for two brownfields assessment grants. A copy of that notification can be viewed at http://bit.ly/1sZuoG0.

 

In anticipation of the 2014 grant award, a complete Request for Qualifications is now available at http://bit.ly/1rlN0lv, or a physical copy may be examined Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at 807 E. Main St., Suite 5-100, Durham, N.C. A pre-submittal conference will be held on Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 2:30 p.m.at 807 E. Main St., Suite 5-100, Durham, NC. Proposals will be received until noon on Friday, October 17, 2014.

 

Through the Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act of 2002, the EPA continues efforts to help states and communities around the country clean up and revitalize brownfields sites. Durham began its brownfields program in 2006 with a Community-Wide Hazardous Substance Brownfields Assessment Grant. In 2009, following successful implementation of the first grant, the City began implementing an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funded Community-Wide Hazardous Substance and Petroleum Brownfields Assessment grant.

 

Since the program’s inception, the City has worked closely with stakeholders in the Northeast Central Durham (NECD) community to inventory, assess, and redevelop brownfields sites that have had significant impact on the health, welfare, and environment in NECD. To date the City with EPA Brownfields funding, has completed Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs), Phase II ESAs, Asbestos and Lead-Based Paint Surveys, and HUD Environmental Reviews for 61 parcels; encompassing approximately 31.856 acres, and representing more than 400,000 square feet of vacant, but viable industrial and commercial redevelopment area in Durham.

 

Upon award in 2014, the City again will use brownfields assessment grant funds for community outreach, environmental assessment, and cleanup planning activities to support the redevelopment of brownfields properties in NECD as well as other targeted areas of the city.

 

For additional information about this grant, candidates should contact Economic Development Specialist Summer Alston with the City’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development at (919) 560-4965, ext. 15238 or by email at Summer.Alston@DurhamNC.gov.

 

About the Office of Economic & Workforce Development

Guided by the City’s Strategic Plan, the Office of Economic & Workforce Development helps ensure that Durham has a strong and diverse economy by increasing the city’s tax base through several revitalization initiatives, including new development efforts in the central city area. The department also plans and promotes cultural awareness and events, identifies and recruits target industries as well as assesses and trains Durham residents to fill new jobs. For more information, visit http://www.DurhamEconomicDevelopment.org.