The two TSI Grants, in the amount US$145,000, were directed at conducting a site assessment of an underutilized parcel of property located within the Old Town Neighborhood of National City in an effort to initiate revitalization efforts. Specifically, the site was proposed to be converted from a public works yard into a natural park. E2 personnel reviewed available environmental information associated with the vacant parcel of property, developed a site investigation strategy and cost estimate, and conducted community outreach activities. E2 personnel were also responsible for establishing and coordinating the Westside Neighborhood Community Group (WNCG) that consisted of local residents, business owners, elected officials, and other interested stakeholders. The purpose of the WNCG was to review and comment on the TSI application and bring community participation to the project planning activities.
The EPA Brownfields Program grant, in the amount US$200,000, was awarded to National City for the preparation of an area-wide assessment of environmental conditions in the Westside Neighborhood Specific Plan redevelopment zone. Specific tasks conducted by E2 personnel include preparing an area-wide inventory of business operations and environmental hazards, preparing and submitting EPA Brownfields Property Profile Forms, writing quarterly progress reports, coordinating activities with community groups, conducting All Appropriate Inquiry (AAI)-compliant Phase I Environmental Site Assessments, and conducting subsurface soil and groundwater investigations. Because the funds for this study were not available within National City’s budget, the identification and capturing of grant funds from outside sources resulted in accelerated redevelopment project schedules.