of South Portland, Maine

NARRATIVE PROPOSAL (RANKING CRITERIA FOR ASSESSMENT GRANTS) 1. Community Need a. Targeted Community and Brownfields i. Targeted Community Description The City of South Portland has a diverse working waterfront, commercial, and industrial history that complements the rich diversity of the Greater Portland community. Dating back to the 1700s, the City of South Portland was developed with various shipyards, canneries, and trade ports along the Fore River and Casco Bay waterfront. During the 1800s and early 1900s, industrial and commercial development expanded across the City spurred by the construction of Rigby Yard, the largest railyard in New England. During World War II, large shipbuilding complexes were constructed in the Ferry Village neighborhood to manufacture Liberty Ships and large housing developments were constructed throughout the City for wartime workers and families. The City of South Portland is the second largest port on the eastern seaboard for marine oil terminals and bulk petroleum storage facilities that were constructed during the latter half of the 1900s. Since the 1950s, South Portland became the retail capital of southern Maine upon construction of the Maine Mall and Mill Creek shopping centers. After the end of World War II, the City of South Portland’s industrial prominence proved fleeting and left the City of South Portland with numerous Brownfields sites throughout the community, including its waterfront and residential neighborhoods. The Knightville, Ferry Village, Pleasantdale, and Ligonia neighborhoods are at the core of former working waterfront, shipbuilding, boatyards, oil terminals, and various industrial and commercial businesses. Portions of these neighborhoods were razed to make way for the industrial war effort only to be reconstructed when the war effort was no longer needed. These neighborhoods are now densely populated by predominately low-income residents (as high as 66% by US Department of HUD standards). The South Portland Greenbelt, an approximately 5.7-mile pedestrian walkway and bike path, winds its way along numerous waterfront Brownfield sites and through these residential neighborhoods in the City. As various industries and commercial businesses have closed over the years, hundreds of large and small tracts of land and buildings have been abandoned and fallen into disrepair across South Portland. The City has been unable to reinvigorate industrial development of these vacant properties since a majority of them are located within or in close proximity to residential neighborhoods. If these properties remain vacant, the buildings will continue to deteriorate, be subject to vandalism and blight, and will negatively impact the City of South Portland. Because they are currently unused, they are a drain on the City’s finances; the properties are bringing in no property tax revenues, but require policing and upkeep, and present significant potential liability risks. Delaying the redevelopment of these properties will lead to increasing community decline through deterioration and vandalism, and increase the probability that the general public will be exposed to hazardous materials that may be present and uncontrolled at the properties. ii. Demographic Information The City of South Portland has experienced a significant growth in population (a 7% increase between 2000 and 2010), which has led to the saturation of the local real estate market and a significant increase in housing density in potentially contaminated neighborhoods. The City has the second highest population density in Cumberland County, at 1,983.7 people per square mile (US Census). As shown below, Cumberland County has a significantly higher percentage of racial and ethnic minorities than other Maine counties, and the City’s minority population is almost twice as large as the State of Maine average. The increasing population, and influx of non-English speaking residents, has placed a significant strain on the City’s schools and municipal finances. South Portland has also become a regional retail service center, and draws residents from all over the state and beyond. This increased retail influence places a strain on the City’s infrastructure (roads, sewer, water, etc.). The result is a compromised ability of the City to invest in its local economy, Page 1 City of South Portland, Maine FY 2014 EPA Brownfields Assessment Grant

redevelop low-value or underutilized properties, and effectively manage sprawl along its outlying streets and roads. The role of service-center communities like South Portland, in a rural state like Maine, is significant. These communities pay more into the municipal revenue sharing system than they receive, putting an additional strain on South Portland’s budget.1 In 2012, the State of Maine suspended a portion of state revenue sharing, causing a significant budget shortfall ($651,585) for the City. If the Maine State Legislature does not restore revenue sharing in 2014, the City is set to lose over $900,000 for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2014. A majority of low-income people, minorities, and families with young children live either in the downtown Knightville or Ferry Village neighborhoods, where many Brownfield sites are thought to exist, or near properties that were once fuel depots or manufacturing facilities. The City views this as a troubling issue of environmental justice, since target groups live in these locations because they typically offer a lower cost of living. Typically, issues regarding environmental hazards and pollution disproportionately affect low-income people and their concerns are often not represented, with little or no advocacy for their interests. City of South Portland 25,088 (1) 4.7% (2) 11.3% (3) 10.0% (4) $53,394 (3) Cumberland County 283,921 (1) 4.8% (2) 11.1% (3) 8.6% (4) $57,159 (3) State of Maine National

Population: 1,328,501 (1) 313,873,685 (1) (2) Unemployment: 6.1% 6.6% (2) Poverty Rate: 13.3% (3) 14.9% (3) (4) Percent Minority: 5.9% 37.0% (4) Median Household $48,219 (3) $53,046 (3) Income: Other: 1. U.S. Census Bureau, 2012 Estimate, State & County QuickFacts, Data Obtained January 2014 2. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS), November 1, 2013 3. U.S. Census Bureau, 2008 – 2012, State & County QuickFacts, Data Obtained January 2014 4. U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 Census Profile of General Population iii. Brownfields As described in the introduction, Brownfields representing our industrial past are located throughout much of our waterfront area which will be our target area for this Brownfield program. A prime example is the dilapidated South Portland Shipyard and Marine Railways facility which is located at 257 Front Street. This property encompasses approximately 7 acres of waterfront property in the Ferry Village neighborhood. The long history of shipbuilding and other industrial uses have likely contaminated the soils at the property with various petroleum products, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), metals (in particular from marine paints and coatings), pesticides, and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). This environmental contamination may be adversely impacting marine and coastal plants and animals along the waterfront and nearby residential properties, and has undoubtedly deterred redevelopment of the property. Another prime example of a Brownfield in Ferry Village is the former General Electric plant which housed facilities for boat and missile manufacturing. This property is currently a 30 acre vacant lot located directly on Casco Bay that may be contaminated with petroleum products, VOCs, PAHs, metals and PCBs. Across the site are remnants of the former massive industrial facility including old foundations, slabs and piles of debris. Two years ago a developer approached the City with plans to construct a steel fabrication plant on the facility with the creation of 500 new jobs, but these plans have stalled due environmental questions with the site.


The Economic Role of Service Centers in Maine; Maine State Planning Office. February 2010.

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Further north along our waterfront are multiple Brownfield sites located in the Knightville neighborhood, which is a mix of residential, commercial and working waterfront, and is also the terminus of the Casco Bay Bridge, which serves as the gateway between South Portland and City of Portland. The most visible Brownfield site in Knightville is the vacant and dilapidated 2.7 acre former State Armory property (633 Broadway) located at the foot of the Casco Bay Bridge. Asbestos-contaminating and other hazardous building materials likely exist in the Armory building and potential subsurface contamination associated with underground storage tanks and machinery repair operations at the property may present a liability to the general public or future occupants if the property is left to further decay. Former gas stations were also developed along Ocean and Market Streets in Knightville, including the former Millett Garage at 33 A Street and Ocean Street Auto at 72 Ocean Street. Former Carnation Drycleaners and Pratt-Abbott Drycleaners are located in close proximity to residential and waterfront properties in Knightville. These former gas station and drycleaner properties are all less than one acre lots and may be impacted by petroleum contamination and dry cleaning chemicals (chlorinated solvents). Another portion of our target area, which contains several clustered Brownfield Sites encompassing nearly 100 acres, are the oil terminals, bulk fuel facilities, and supporting industrial and commercial properties in Ligonia and Pleasantdale. This area of South Portland has historically been working class residential housing; however, along the actual waterfront, there are several potential contaminated sites, including the Hisson Salt Packaging facility, former Bancroft & Martin facility, Portland Pipeline Oil Terminal, Cargill Petroleum, Mobil Oil, Irving Oil, and Sprague Energy terminals and bulk fuel facilities. Brownfield sites, including numerous former gas station properties are also located along Broadway, Lincoln, and Main Streets. The proximity of these known petroleum-contaminated sites to adjacent residential properties represents a threat to human health via inhalation of impacted dust, or direct contact with impacted soils. A preliminary inventory completed by the City this year in support of this application identified 17 Brownfield sites in our target area. These Brownfields sites were identified through interviews with community officials, and review of historic information. Cumulative Environmental Issues The wide variety of Brownfields in the City of South Portland suggests that an even wider variety of possible contamination may have been left behind at these abandoned commercial and industrial properties including VOC contamination (including chlorinated solvents, thinners, paints and degreasers), petroleum related (fuel oil, gasoline and waste oil related compounds), lead and other heavy metals (especially from paints, marine coatings and sand blast grit), PCBs from transformers and oils, and PAH contamination in soils, sediments, and groundwater (and soil vapor for VOCs); as well as asbestos, lead paint, PCBs and universal wastes in building materials. The remediation and redevelopment of the Brownfields in South Portland would directly benefit our citizens through the removal of potential exposure risks to these hazardous substances and petroleum constituents. The identification and eventual cleanup of hazards will reduce the impact of contaminants including heavy metals on children and our at risk populations, and hopefully bring our infant concentrations of lead more in line with or below the State average. As stated previously, the vast majority of low income and minorities reside in the neighborhoods that are within our target area. According to the 2010 US Census (2008-2012 American Factfinder, Selected Housing Communities), Approximately 72% of South Portland’s housing stock was constructed prior to 1979 (when lead paint was being phased out) versus an average of 61.5% for Maine or 57.7 % for the US. 2 This coupled with potential heavy metals at Brownfield sites highlight the burden our residents have and the importance of assessing and eventually cleaning up these Brownfield sites.


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b. Impacts on Targeted Community The high number of potential Brownfield sites in the City of South Portland and their occurrence in densely-populated residential neighborhoods, suggests that people are likely living in close proximity to contaminated properties. More than half of the Brownfields sites we have preliminarily identified within our community are located within our target area of our waterfront area with the majority of our minority and low income population living within this target area. This suggests that these groups are disproportionally impacted by these Brownfields sites. Many of the Brownfield sites located along or near to our Greenbelt Walkway and Eastern Trail represent an exposure risk to our residents, workers, and visitors to a variety of contaminants as mentioned previously. These Brownfield sites may be potential ongoing sources of impacts to the nearby Casco Bay, and these abandoned and often hazardous properties visibly detract from our beautiful waterfront and neighborhood appeal. Extreme weather conditions threaten to accelerate the impact of these Brownfields to the Casco Bay. South Portland, and more importantly our waterfront target area, was recently impacted by a FEMA designated blizzard in February 2013, as well as Superstorm Sandy in October 2012, Hurricane Irene in August 2011 rainfall and the Halloween Nor’easter in October 2011. In addition to the obvious environmental hazards, the presence of Brownfields in the City of South Portland has helped promote the migration of businesses to previously undeveloped sites where existing pollution risks are marginal or non-existent. In addition to the creation of urban sprawl, this retail/commercial development outside the downtown center competes for consumer spending, making it more difficult to sustain our valued in-town facilities. Health monitoring data specifically for South Portland was not available but Cumberland County data (which South Portland is part), indicates a higher rate of many health factors as compared to nationwide averages. Notable indicators are presented below: Statistic Cumberland County Maine U.S. Adults with Asthma 9.3 % 10.3 % 8.8 % Cancer Incidence (per 513.2 533 456.2 100,000 people) Cancer Mortality (per 194.9 198.5 180.7 100,000 people) Source: 2010 Maine State Profile of Selected Public Health Indicators The City is deeply troubled by the malignant cancer rates, which are significantly higher than the national average. The City of South Portland would like to identify and remediate any Brownfield sites in order to reduce the possibility that contamination is contributing to deaths from malignant cancers (such as lung, myeloma, and colorectal cancers). Historically, the mortality rate for cancers in Cumberland County and the State of Maine has consistently outpaced the US average (1969-2010), indicating a dire need for research into all local, potentially contributing factors for cancer in the State. 3 c. Financial Need Economic Conditions i. With seven of 21 Census Block Groups having low and moderate income (LMI) populations exceeding 45%, and 39.5% of the population qualifying as LMI city-wide, South Portland’s level of distress is quite alarming when a comparison is made of its underprivileged and sensitive populations to state and federal figures, and when the municipal costs of caring for these populations are considered. As shown in the demographics table presented previously, South Portland’s percentage of individuals living below the poverty line is more than 1 in 10. According to the 2008-2012 American Community Survey estimates, a staggering 5% of South Portland families reported annual incomes of less than $10,000. An estimated 28.4% of South Portland households rely on Social

Maine Annual Cancer Report 2013, ME Department of Health and Human Services

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Security income, 3.5% on Supplemental Security Income, 4.4% on cash public assistance, and 11.3% relied on Food Stamp/SNAP benefits. The City of South Portland also has a higher percentage of single-mother households (7.0%) than the Cumberland County average (6.0%). In 2012, City of South Portland General Assistance expenses increased by $15,302 to $208,668.99. This City program provides aid to residents who are unable to provide for their basic needs. A total of 743 individuals received emergency assistance, a number which included 138 children. The increase in numbers served and assistance given to local residents occurred despite substantial cuts to both state and federal aid programs. All of the above clearly shows that despite efforts in the City to improve the economy, South Portland remains an area of low income with a significant level of underprivileged and sensitive populations who rely upon the City for basic services. Addressing the potentially hazardous sites in the community, encouraging sustainable and responsible growth and promoting economic justice for all its residents, are efforts which would greatly benefit from the South Portland Brownfields Program. ii. Economic Effects of Brownfields The economic impact of Brownfields sites on the City of South Portland is significant for a number of reasons. For one, many of the potential Brownfield sites are located in densely-populated residential neighborhoods and along the waterfront, which would normally be greatly desired, highvalue real estate. However, because of known or alleged contamination, these locations are either unoccupied or underutilized, resulting in a significant loss of tax revenue and no jobs being created. Additionally, these properties lessen the property values of the adjacent properties, and in some cases preclude development (i.e., people do not want to purchase a waterfront condo that overlooks a dilapidated oil terminal or falling down shipyard facility). Another issue which is particularly important to the City is tourism, particularly during the summer months when tourists from all over the world visit the Portland Breakwater (Bug Light) and Spring Point lighthouses and historic Fort Preble in South Portland. Brownfield sites located along the waterfront and neighboring commercial centers have a detrimental effect on the tourism industry. Marinas, restaurants and other service industries do not realize their full potential as long as there are sites such as the run-down South Portland Shipyard and Marine Railways facility and vacant boatyards along the waterfront. Brownfield sites result in a larger tax burden on the local citizens, who are already feeling the strain of economic hardship as a result of vanishing industries and the nation-wide economic downturn. 2. Project Description and Feasibility of Success a. Project Description i. Describe the Project The City of South Portland will utilize Brownfields funding to develop and implement a comprehensive community-wide Brownfields Assessment Program that will update the preliminary inventory; prioritize and select sites for the program; conduct community involvement activities; characterize, assess, and plan for remediation (cleanup) and reuse at Brownfields sites in the waterfront areas and adjoining neighborhoods of the City in order to assist in the redevelopment of these distressed, blighted, and otherwise underutilized properties. South Portland will develop the Brownfields Steering Committee and select a qualified environmental professional (QEP) to perform the assessment and cleanup planning work, general program management, outreach, and reporting. The City will work with the selected QEP and the Steering Committee to perform community outreach and education, develop a thorough inventory of potential Brownfields sites in the target areas, and develop site ranking and priority criteria to select Brownfields sites for assessment. Once a site has been incorporated into the program and its final eligibility approved by the EPA and/or Maine Department of Environmental Protection (MEDEP), we will conduct Phase I and Phase II assessments, and plan subsequent reuse and remediation. Page 5 City of South Portland, Maine FY 2014 EPA Brownfields Assessment Grant


The City of South Portland and its QEP will also work closely with MEDEP, who will provide environmental regulatory oversight and act as Brownfields advisors. Identified threats to either human health or the environment will be evaluated by the QEP and MEDEP to help determine if immediate mitigation actions are necessary. Remediation planning will be completed for sites that have identified contamination. All sites which are entered into our Brownfields program will participate in MEDEP’s Voluntary Response Action Program (VRAP), Maine’s voluntary cleanup program (VCP). The completion of this process will allow us to identify potential contamination issues at Brownfield sites, evaluate remediation/reuse strategies, and ultimately return otherwise distressed, abandoned, or environmentally stigmatized sites in our waterfront target area back to viable and sustainable reuse. The South Portland Brownfields Steering Committee and municipal staff will effectively communicate with the City’s citizens and businesses on a regular basis to ensure that the program benefits from maximum participation and input. South Portland Brownfields Steering Committee will develop a website, conduct door to door interviews and utilize all technologies to inform local residents, property owners and businesses. Our expected outcomes are to return the selected Brownfield sites back to economic vitality or for the public’s use and enjoyment (e.g., green space). This is not only expected for our selected sites but also for nearby properties that have been impacted by the stigma of being proximate to these Brownfield sites. The eventual remediation of Brownfield sites will be to minimize exposure both at the site and adjacent properties, but just as importantly to numerous natural areas and water bodies, such as streams, ponds, and the Fore River and Casco Bay waterfront of South Portland. Additional expected outcomes of completing remedial activities of select Brownfields sites will be the creation of new jobs as well as the increased tax base accompanying the revitalization and redevelopment within the downtown and waterfront region. Where our sites have not yet been identified, it is difficult to fully quantify the impact. The completion of the various prepared environmental reports (i.e., nine Phase I ESAs, nine Quality Assurance Project Plans, nine Phase II Investigations, and nine Analysis of Brownfield Cleanup Alternatives, etc.) will track the progress of each site and will also be outputs of our program. We will track the reports internally and make sure each is distributed to our stakeholders for comments before finalizing. Sites selected to participate in the Brownfield Assessment Program will be entered into the MEDEP Voluntary Remedial Action Program. Outputs of the assessment work will be tracked and measured through milestones associated with this Program. These outputs include obtaining “No Action Assurance” letters and “Certificates of Completion” from the MEDEP. Successful Voluntary Remedial Action Program completion will ensure necessary remedial actions were conducted to eliminate contamination and protect human health and the environment. EPA Quarterly reports as well as the EPA ACRES online database will be used to track the number of sites assessed and the particulars of the assessed sites (i.e., acres of site, contaminants founds, assessment money spent, leveraged money, etc.). Project Management Approach The City of South Portland and our Economic Development Director will develop this program through community engagement and education, development of a Brownfields Steering Committee, and selection of a qualified environmental professional (QEP) to perform the assessment and reuse planning work, general program management, and reporting. Activities for this program will include, selecting and maintaining the Brownfields Steering Committee, and providing staff support to the Committee. The Committee will include local elected officials, as well as members of the business community, economic and community development committees, and residents with interest in the environment and community. A member of the MEDEP Brownfields staff will also be invited and encouraged to sit on the Steering Committee. We intend to hire a QEP immediately upon notification of award so that we are able to begin this program as soon as funds are made available. We have had discussions with some of our higher City of South Portland, Maine FY 2014 EPA Brownfields Assessment Grant

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priority Brownfield sites and believe that we will be in a position to start assessing select sites right away. iii. Site Selection The City of South Portland will work with the selected QEP and the Brownfields Steering Committee to perform community engagement and education, develop a thorough inventory of potential Brownfield sites in the region, and develop site ranking and prioritization criteria to select Brownfield sites for assessment. In preparation for applying for this grant and initiating South Portland’s program, we have already conducted a preliminary inventory of Brownfield sites, identifying more than 17 properties (12 hazardous substance properties and 5 petroleum properties) within the targeted waterfront areas and adjoining neighborhoods of the City, where they possess high redevelopment potential. Once a list of potential Brownfield sites has been developed, City staff and our QEP will determine if a site meets eligible to participate in the program. We will then rank sites using criteria such as environmental conditions, redevelopment potential, site location, conformance with our 2012 Comprehensive Plan Update, leveraging, public benefit, reuse of existing infrastructure, and potential job creation to determine the order in which sites are entered into the program. Once a site has been entered into the program, we will request eligibility approval by the EPA (for hazardous substance sites) and MEDEP (for petroleum sites). b. Task Description & Budget Table Task Description: Task 1 – Program and Steering Committee Development – The City of South Portland will organize the Brownfields program, conduct activities for this program, and staff a Brownfields Steering Committee of local elected officials, members of the business community, economic and community development committee members, residents affected by the Brownfields, and those interested in the environment and community. A MEDEP Brownfields staff will be invited and encouraged to sit on the Steering Committee. The City of South Portland will develop a public Request for Proposal to contract the services of a QEP to perform the assessment work. The City will review the submitted proposals, conduct interviews and perform final QEP selection. City staff with assistance from the QEP will conduct community outreach activities, advertisement and selection, interactions with property owners and abutters, and the required EPA reporting (quarterly reports, ACRES, etc.). City staff will also perform general program management and communication with regulatory personnel, community officials and the public. The Brownfields Steering Committee will meet monthly to ensure that the priorities and direction of the Brownfields Program are being met. These monthly meetings will be open to the public and will be held in locations around targeted neighborhoods. We have budgeted a total of 160 staff hours at an average rate of $50/hour to this task, being equally divided between petroleum and hazardous substance assessments. Our program manager will attend two EPA Brownfield conventions (i.e., attending two conventions at an estimated $2,000 each conference for airfare, hotel and per diem, and miscellaneous expenses such as parking and taxi) divided between the two grants. The contractual expenses are for QEP assistance in developing outreach materials and assistance with EPA reporting. Outputs will be outreach materials and our successful program. Task 2 – Brownfields Site Selection and Evaluation – This task will build on the preliminary inventory completed by South Portland in 2013. City staff and the QEP will identify potential Brownfield sites in the community by reviewing available historic information and conducting interviews with property owners and project stakeholders. The City will hold a series of public meetings (minimum of two) to solicit sites and educate local stakeholders and citizens about the Brownfields process. Once a list of potential Brownfield Sites has been developed, City staff and the QEP will develop the threshold and ranking criteria which will be used to determine if the site meets the established EPA definition of a Brownfield and is eligible to participate in the EPA program. Other considerations, such as the potential for redevelopment, site location, reuse of existing infrastructure, and the potential for job Page 7 City of South Portland, Maine FY 2014 EPA Brownfields Assessment Grant

creation will be considered for ranking criteria, and will be used to determine the order in which sites are entered into the program. These sites will be prioritized based upon the criteria set forth by the Committee. South Portland is applying for both hazardous materials and petroleum contamination in this application, and sites will be categorized separately. We have budgeted a total of 80 staff hours at an average rate of $50/hour to this task, which we expect will be equally divided between the two assessment programs. Work items include preparation and distribution of site nomination forms, meeting with member community officials to obtain site nominations, meeting with our QEP to discuss the preliminary sites inventory and develop threshold and ranking criteria, assistance with property owner outreach and education, and site eligibility requests. Task 3 – Phase I Site Assessments – Our QEP will conduct Phase I Environmental Site Assessments for each selected site in accordance with the ASTM International Designation: E 1527-13 as well as the EPA “All Appropriate Inquiry” standards. This process will consist of at least one site visit, contact with regulatory agencies and review of their files, interviews with knowledgeable people regarding the site, review of available historical files and a written report for each site. These reports will consist of a summary of “recognized environmental conditions” identified for each site, and a list of opinions regarding the site along with recommended follow-up investigations and activities. We anticipate our QEP completing four Phase I ESAs as part of the Hazardous Substance grant (four Phase I ESAs at $4,000, and six Phase I ESA as part of the Petroleum grant (six Phase I ESAs at $3,000 each). Staff time for each grant is budgeted as 80 hours at an average rate of $50/hr to review reports and interfacing with the MEDEP and property owners. Task 4 – Phase II Assessments – If the results from the Phase I ESA indicate “recognized environmental conditions” are present at a site, additional investigations will be completed to confirm or dismiss the environmental conditions and to determine the nature and extent of contamination. A Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP) as well as site specific QAPPs will be prepared and submitted to the EPA as part of this task prior to undertaking Phase II activities. The Phase II Investigation may entail monitoring well and test boring installations; test pit excavations; groundwater, soils and soil gas sampling; etc. As with all project tasks, we will continue to work with each property owner, provide public information, and receive citizen input. We anticipate our QEP completing four Phase II Investigations as part of the Hazardous Substance grant (four Phase II Investigations at $29,000 each), and six Phase II Investigations as part of the Petroleum grant (six Phase II Investigations at $19,000 each). Staff time for each grant is budgeted as 80 hours at an average rate of $50/hr to review reports and interfacing with the MEDEP and property owners. Task 5 – Remediation/Reuse Planning & Community Involvement – The Phase II Investigation data, along with available landowner or perspective purchaser and community reuse proposals will be analyzed to develop a Remediation Feasibility Plan with integrated Analysis of Brownfield Cleanup Alternatives (ABCA) for each site based on the specific or potential reuse scenario(s) for that site. The Remediation Feasibility Plan will include remedial actions for each identified contaminant that exceeds applicable Maine regulatory guidelines. Remedial actions will be evaluated based on cost, feasibility, and effectiveness in protecting human health and the environment. Based on this analysis, a proposed remediation plan will be developed, taking into account the specific or potential reuse scenario(s) for that site. Concurrently, reuse alternatives may be developed on select sites utilizing planning techniques including community design charettes, potential redeveloper input, and the community’s goals for site reuse. Public meetings are anticipated being completed for each site through our Brownfield program. Depending on the site logistics, we anticipate holding the meeting prior initiating the remediation and reuse planning to discuss the results of the assessments or after completing our remediation planning to inform and solicit feedback from the public on the selected alternative. We will continue to maintain communication with the public, abutters, and owners during the program. We anticipate our QEP completing four Remediation Feasibility Plans as part of the Hazardous Substance grant (four Remediation Plans at $7,000 each plus coordination of each hazardous substance Page 8 City of South Portland, Maine FY 2014 EPA Brownfields Assessment Grant

site’s public meetings at $2,000 per site) and five Remediation Feasibility Plans as part of the Petroleum Substance grant (six Remediation Plans at $4,000 each plus coordination of each petroleum site’s public meetings at $2,000 per site). Staff time for each grant is budgeted as 80 hours at an average rate of $50/hr to review reports; coordinate, attend and prepare for public meetings; and interfacing with the MEDEP and property owners. Budget Table Budget 1 – Hazardous Materials Assessments Budget Project Tasks Scenarios (programmatic Task 1 Task 2 Task 3 Task 4 Task 5 costs only) Program Site Phase I Phase II Remediation Development Selection Assessments Assessments Planning & Total Outreach Personnel $20,000 $6,000 $2,000 $4,000 $4,000 $4,000 Fringe Benefits $5,000 $1,500 $500 $500 $500 $2,000 Travel $2,000 $2,000 Equipment Supplies Contractual $173,000 $2,000 $3,000 $16,000 $116,000 $36,000 Other Total $200,000 $11,500 $5,500 $20,500 $120,500 $42,000 Budget 2 – Petroleum Assessments Budget Project Tasks Scenarios (programmatic Task 1 Task 2 Task 3 Task 4 Phase Task 5 costs only) Program Site Phase I II Remediation Development Selection Assessments Assessments Planning & Total Outreach Personnel $20,000 $6,000 $2,000 $4,000 $4,000 $4,000 Fringe Benefits $5,000 $1,500 $500 $500 $500 $2,000 Travel $2,000 $2,000 Equipment Supplies Contractual $173,000 $2,000 $3,000 $18,000 $114,000 $36,000 Other Total $200,000 $11,500 $5,500 $22,500 $118,500 $42,000 c. Ability to Leverage Every effort will be made in order to financially supplement the EPA Brownfield Assessment Grants and expand the program. South Portland has extensive experience leveraging both private and governmental monies to get properties developed and redeveloped. South Portland is familiar with the Maine DEP 128a Brownfield assessment program that completes Brownfield assessments for municipalities across Maine as well as Maine’s newly established Brownfield Revolving Loan Fund (RLF). Additionally, Greater Portland Council of Governments (with whom we are a member community) was successfully awarded a Brownfield RLF Grant in 2013 and is in the process of establishing a Brownfield RLF program. If additional assessment is necessary beyond our funding or if clean-up is required, we or the site developer, as appropriate, will apply to these State and Regional Government administered Brownfield programs. Page 9 City of South Portland, Maine FY 2014 EPA Brownfields Assessment Grant

Once a site has been assessed through our Brownfield program, we are committed to seeing the site through to successful redevelopment. To facilitate necessary site remediation and redevelopment, South Portland will look into several avenues, including direct EPA Brownfields Cleanup Grants, Maine DEP Petroleum Insurance Cleanup Funds, Economic Development Administration (EDA) loans and grants, and other monies provided through the Maine DEP such as Petroleum or Groundwater remediation funds. We are familiar with the funding provided by the Maine Rural Development Authority, the Department of Conservation, and the Department of Transportation. We will look into obtaining any and all available funding to leverage the redevelopment of site assessed through the South Portland Brownfields Program. Additionally, we will also look into local Tax Increment Finance (TIF) funding and the utilization of local Community Development Block Grants. The City of South Portland has five Tax Increment Financing districts representing approximately $1,000,000 dollars in annual revenue that can be leveraged for redevelopment of our target areas. These TIFs have available resources that can be used for support of economic and environmental studies of waterfront properties, improvements to green space and trails, professional services and administrative costs, and associated transportation improvements. Additionally, the City is proposing a new Growth TIF that will encompass some of the target areas incentivizing private investment for redevelopment. The City does have competing interests for TIF funding, but this funding could be potentially available for redevelopment in our target areas. The City of South Portland has a long-running and successful Community Development Block Grant program, and will actively use funds to assist with site redevelopment. By assessing City Brownfields, the City can better budget and use CDBG funds to strategically target and clean up blighted and contaminated areas, and prepare them for positive redevelopment. South Portland has already used CDBG to support redevelopment efforts in the proposed waterfront Brownfields target areas. Recently, CDBG was been used for a large-scale, two-phased streetscape improvement project ($285,435 in 2010 for sewer separation, and $125,000 in 2012 for sidewalk reconstruction) in the Knightville target area (66.2% lowincome), and for the extensive remediation of a blighted property ($138,000) in the Ferry Village target neighborhood (45.8% low-income), to name just a few successful projects. South Portland has pre-existing relationships with local and regional developers, and we intend to leverage these positive working relationships into results. At all stages of the project, from site selection, to remedial action planning, we will involve interested site developers. Their involvement in the project will ensure the work completed meets the needs and requests of potential site developers. For example, a remedial action plan can be based around potential site redevelopment plans (i.e. proposed paved parking areas doubling as contaminated soil caps). Our goal is to transfer the sites assessed as part of our Brownfields Program seamlessly into redevelopment. In order to ensure the successful completion of Site Assessments through the South Portland Brownfields Program, city personnel and community partners are willing to contribute manpower and resources to efficiently and effectively complete the tasks in the Brownfields Program. This may involve a wide variety of tasks, from providing site nomination forms or access to local databases, to more involved assistance, such as participating in public outreach and education, or direct communication with property owners or abutters. Our City Planners, Code Enforcement Officers, Assessor and City Manager will assist with local data collection, historical records, public participation process, redevelopment and design initiatives and overall programmatic direction. The time of these people, which is estimated at over 200 hours or $10,000 over the three year timeframe of this grant), can be seen as an in-kind contribution to the project. 3. Community Engagement and Partnerships a. Plan for Involving Targeted Community & Other Stakeholders In order to keep the community adequately informed South Portland will provide clear and easily accessible information about the program itself and each proposed Brownfield site. Information will be targeted at both the broader community and businesses and households located in the immediate area Page 10 City of South Portland, Maine FY 2014 EPA Brownfields Assessment Grant

surrounding the Brownfield site. Activities that will be undertaken to keep the community informed include: • Developing and distributing a brochure (both printed and electronic) to let stakeholders know of the Brownfield program and accompanying application/nomination forms. • Developing a portal on South Portland’s website where stakeholders can view updates and information on the program in addition to notices, fact sheets and past project outputs. • Working with municipal staff to ensure updates to the program are provided to City Council meetings. • Developing a social media presence for our Brownfield program to keep connect residents informed. • Advertising opportunities for the public to be involved. • Developing a mailing list of interested parties. City officials will engage our community organizations as well as other local business groups, health agencies, neighborhood associations (e.g., Ferry Village Neighborhood Conservation Association) and land trusts (e.g., South Portland Land Trust) that can help energize and direct our outreach efforts as well as raise awareness of the project’s goals. Local newspapers will be invited to cover each of the public meetings. We will also strive to have news articles on the planned Brownfields program printed in local newspapers, including the Portland Press Herald, South Portland Sentry and The Forecaster, as well as local public access television (SPTV-Channel 2) and local radio stations. The City will also provide updates to other organizations listed above to distribute to its members. In addition to the program outreach, we have proposed hosting at least one public meeting for each Brownfield site. The public meeting is anticipated to be held after completion of the Phase II Assessments. The purpose of this public meeting will be to educate the public on the Brownfields process and the potential benefits of Brownfield site redevelopment, inform the local stakeholders of the results of the assessments, and provide guidance on what the remediation and reuse process entails. Our experience is that this type of meeting format has been particularly effective at providing reuse options for greenspace, recreational activities, and architectural options for the reuse of existing buildings. Our community is predominantly English speaking (greater than 90%) 4 and thus meetings and information brochures will be prepared in English to reach the greatest number of people. However, upon request, we will translate outreach materials to the appropriate language. b. Partnerships with Government Agencies i) Local/State/Tribal Environmental & Health Agencies Along with our partnership with the EPA, the two primary partnerships established as part of South Portland’s Brownfields Program will be with the MEDEP and the City itself. The City has committed funds and resources to establish and enhance this partnership. Municipal officials will fill primary implementation roles throughout the entire Brownfields Program, and several will be active members of the Brownfields Steering Committee. MEDEP’s Project Officers have experience conducting and managing EPA Brownfields Grants and will also provide critical input into South Portland’s program. They will be partners for the successful completion of the Phase I and Phase II Assessments and the Cleanup and Reuse planning portions of the program. They will provide input and guidance throughout the duration of the program, including risks from potential imminent hazards identified during the assessment program, liability protections offered as part of MEDEP’s VRAP. MEDEP staff will review all technical submittals and provide guidance on remedial actions and long-term sustainable cleanup measures for each site. Our QEP will also ensure that the assessment work is conducted in accordance with the requirements of the EPA Brownfields and MEDEP VRAP program. The City’s Economic Development Director, Code Enforcement Officers, Assessors, and City Manager will assist with local data collection,

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historical records, the public participation process, redevelopment, design initiatives, and overall programmatic direction in the form of participation on a Brownfields Steering Committee. The Brownfields Steering Committee members and the City have connections to multiple agencies, including federal agencies such as HUD and the EPA; state agencies including the MEDEP; local, state, and federal elected officials; and other public entities. ii) Other Relevant Federal, State, & Local Governmental Agencies The City of South Portland does not have a local health agency; however, we anticipate the involvement of our local hospitals (Mercy Hospital and Maine Medical Center) to assist in determining health-based concerns. City staff will work with the Maine Health Inspector and on health inspections as needed. In addition, we will also work with the State Department of Health Services (DHS) who was instrumental in the revision of Maine risk-based clean-up standards which our QEP will be utilizing in their evaluations. We expect to work with the DHS if contaminants that do not have standards are found at our Brownfield sites. c. Partnerships with Community Organizations The following organizations have submitted letters of support, affirming their commitment to the program and the ways in which they will assist the effort. South Portland/Cape Elizabeth Community Chamber of Commerce – The Chamber of Commerce promote business development in our region and will assist in the promotion of the program, dissemination of materials, and in the education of the public about the program. They will also work with the City and businesses looking to potentially locate on redeveloped properties. The South Portland Land Trust – An organization committed to the preservation of open space, trail expansion and community involvement projects that support a livable South Portland. They will assist in site solicitation and prioritization, and serving on the City's Brownfields Advisory Committee. South Portland Housing Authority – The mission of the South Portland Housing Authority is to provide quality housing for low to moderate income, elderly, individuals with disabilities and families in need. The Housing Authority will offer information on affordable housing as an option for redeveloped sites, and serve as advisor to the City's Brownfields Advisory Committee. 4. Project Benefits a. Health and/or Welfare and Environment A significant benefit to assessing Brownfields sites is identifying threats to public health and the environment that exist from out of sight contamination due to the past historic uses of these properties. Past historic uses of Brownfields sites in our community are often industrial in nature and associated with uses involving petroleum or hazardous substances. The majority of our Brownfield sites are located in our target area along the South Portland waterfront. Impacts of the Brownfields sites from historic industrial uses are unknown until an assessment can be completed on the site, but undoubtedly these impacts can be far reaching whether it is from runoff of contaminants or migration of contaminant plumes into Fore River and Casco Bay. The water bodies throughout and surrounding South Portland are not only used for recreation, but also as a means of employment. A significant number of our population make their living in a marine-related industry and businesses surrounding the waterfront, whether boat maintenance, lobstering, fishing, marinas, restaurants, and stores. Once potential human health impacts associated with our Brownfields sites are identified and quantified during assessments, the contaminants of concern can be effectively remediated, reducing threats to public health and welfare. Ultimately the redevelopment and reuse of Brownfields sites will have positive social benefits along with the obvious public health benefits associated with assessment and cleanup of these sites. Our identified Brownfields sites are generally located in the waterfront and neighboring business locations. Residents, workers, and visitors to South Portland have negative perceptions of the abandoned sites, which in turn impact their opinions of our community. Assessment and redevelopment of prominent Brownfields sites will improve our waterfront, adjoining neighborhoods, and support sustainable business development Page 12 City of South Portland, Maine FY 2014 EPA Brownfields Assessment Grant

within the community. Redevelopment and reuse of these underutilized properties as mixed-use developments will provide much-needed affordable housing and added businesses and job opportunities. Affordable housing is seen as a particular issue for young people, workers, people with disabilities, and people of modest incomes. South Portland is a popular vacation destination due its marinas, historic lighthouses and forts, its proximity to Portland, and beaches along the coastline. We rely on tourism-related activities for much of our local economy. Open space, parks, recreation areas, and pedestrian walkways will be incorporated into the redevelopment of our Brownfields sites, enhancing the attraction of our community. Another associated benefit to Brownfield site assessment and redevelopment involves reuse and improvements to existing infrastructure, including roadways, intersections, and sewer, water, and storm water systems, which will be an additive benefit to redevelopment of these unused or underutilized areas. b. Environmental Benefits from Infrastructure Reuse/Sustainable Reuse i. Sustainable Redevelopment Planning, Polices, Ordinances, or Other Tools An area of primary focus for our program has been incorporating principles of sustainability into our program goals. ABCAs and Requests for Proposals for redevelopments issued by South Portland will require respondents to consider “green” alternatives in their responses. The South Portland Brownfield Steering Committee, in their September meeting discussed the need to include guidelines that will: • Reduce the amount of material and waste generated • Utilize recycled materials wherever possible • Minimize the disturbance or destruction of habitat or soil • Minimize noise disturbance The City of South Portland desires to promote the sustainable reuse of our Brownfields sites with the goal of reducing both housing and industrial sprawl at the outskirts of our community. Potential Brownfield projects will focus on redevelopment plans utilizing existing infrastructures wherever possible. Revitalizing many of the existing structures on South Portland’s Brownfield sites will also serve as a reminder of the City’s marine and industrial heritage. In addition, nearly all of South Portland’s identified Brownfield sites are located in areas already serviced by public water and sewer, and are accessible to adequate parking and public transportation, all of which could and should be used by the future redeveloped site occupant. South Portland has made a considerable investment in the past few years for improving our infrastructure, including expanding the areas of our City covered by public transportation (buses); sewer, roadways, and sidewalk improvements; and plans to make substantial additional improvements. Our 2012 Master Plan Update identified this type of infill and development as critical for the City. Redevelopment plans for new or existing structures on sites assessed through our Brownfield program will be encouraged to implement green building designs and energy efficient standards. Encouraging growth in urban areas and utilizing existing infrastructure/buildings for Brownfields redevelopment is an important part of basic Smart Growth principles and is in keeping with the quality of place initiative. Sustainable reuse of Brownfields sites, including mixed-use developments, will benefit and revitalize these waterfront areas with the addition of businesses, jobs, and affordable housing. In mixed-use redevelopment scenarios, there are numerous options for sustainable businesses that could locate to these facilities. ii. One Example of Equitable Development or Livability Principles By effectively redeveloping and utilizing these sites (“infill development”) and creating employment opportunities and housing, the need for sprawling development of new residential, commercial and industrial centers in order to create employment opportunities within our community will be greatly reduced. Thus, by concentrating development to our areas with existing infrastructure, there will be significantly less pressure to develop existing green space. Opportunities also exist for Brownfields Page 13 City of South Portland, Maine FY 2014 EPA Brownfields Assessment Grant

sites in the City’s downtown to be redeveloped as parks, environmental buffers or other green spaces. An excellent example of just such a project is the Greenbelt Walkway and Eastern Trail, a public path, which showcases and helps to preserve the unique aspects of South Portland's waterfront, including historical, cultural, archeological, marine and natural history sites, as well as to provide public access for recreational enjoyment despite its pathway going through or adjacent to eight of our preliminarily identified Brownfields. This provides an excellent opportunity for our program to directly impact open and green space in South Portland. c. Economic or non-Economic Benefits (long-term benefits) i. Economic Benefits or Other Non-Economic Benefits The redevelopment of Brownfield properties comes at a crucial time for the community. The region is still recovering from the recent economic downturn, and has recovered at a significantly slower rate than the rest of New England and the U.S. According to the New England Council’s “Maine Economic Outlook”, while the U.S. has recovered almost two/thirds of the jobs lost in the last recession, Maine has recovered only 10%. The key sectors driving the recovery -education, health, construction, business, and professional services- are growing at a significantly slower rate in Maine than elsewhere. This program represents just such an opportunity to address the economic hindrances and environmental hazards that Brownfields pose, and create opportunities for economic growth, job creation, and improved communities and natural environment. South Portland hopes to successfully identify and eventually redevelop these vacant and underutilized sites, thereby responding to a demand for commercial properties from new, expanding or relocating businesses, expanding our tax base, and creating job opportunities for its citizens. These efforts will also be consistent with best practices in respect to Smart Growth, as well the State’s Quality of Place initiative. This initiative seeks to preserve and promote that which is seen as Maine’s most vital assets; arts & cultural and heritage, environmental conservation and discouraging sprawl, and focusing development efforts in existing locations and downtown areas. It is the intention of the State to use the economic development districts as the delivery mechanism for the objective outlined in the Quality of Place report. The economic development district for South Portland, Greater Portland Council of Governments (GPCOG) is required to develop and implement a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for the region, updated annually. This serves as a blueprint for economic and community development initiatives, as well as for education, infrastructure/transportation, and the environment. Many of the objectives in GPCOG’s CEDS would be greatly aided by the Brownfields program. ii. Local Hiring & Procurement Plans and Partnering with Local Workforce Entities There are no EPA Brownfields job training programs in our region or the state. However, when job opportunities are created for Brownfields assessments, we will work with our local organizations in workforce development to post job opportunities. These partners which we will utilize are Goodwill Workforce Solutions, Coastal Counties Workforce Investment Board and the Maine Department of Labor’s local Southern Career Center location. We will have our QEP contact these partners and participate in local job fairs as appropriate. 5. Programmatic Capability and Past Performance a. Programmatic Capability The City of South Portland will manage this grant through the Executive Office. Jon Jennings, the Assistant City Manager and Economic Development Director, has prior experience identifying and assisting in the redevelopment of contaminated waterfront sites, having been involved in the redevelopment of Thompson’s Point, a $100 million redevelopment of a Brownfield site on Portland’s waterfront. Over the last year he has worked with various property owners to identify contaminated sites in need of assessment. Mr. Jennings will be assisted by Emily Freedman, the City’s Community Development Coordinator, whom has extensive experience in grant management, redevelopment of blighted properties, as well as working on projects that impact low to moderate income populations. Page 14 City of South Portland, Maine FY 2014 EPA Brownfields Assessment Grant

Emily is responsible for the implementation and management of the City’s Community Development Block Grant program, and ensures the City’s Community Development program is in compliance with all federal, state, and local requirements at all times. Emily also performs all required NEPA Environmental Reviews of federally-funded community development projects, and is experienced with working with engineering professionals on required Phase I-III site assessments. Emily also submits all HUD reports (e.g. Women & Minority Business Activity, Section 3, Davis Bacon, and more) as required. Emily and the City’s Finance Department have firmly established grant management and expenditure systems to ensure timely drawdowns from HUD’s Integrated Disbursement Information System (IDIS). The City ensures all invoices are paid to grantees within 30 days, and that all back-up documentation is on file to support expenditures of federal funds. This program is routinely monitored, reviewed and approved annually by independent auditors, the Cumberland County Community Development Office, and the U.S. Department of HUD Manchester and Boston Field Offices. In the event of any staff turnover, the grant will be managed by Charles Haeuser, City Planning and Development Director, who manages hundreds of thousands of dollars annually in federal, regional, and local planning grants. The City also intends to contract with an experienced Brownfields QEP to assist in community outreach and EPA reporting, in addition to the assessment activities of this grant. b. Audit Findings The City of South Portland has not been subject to an adverse audit for its management, or for any grants or funding received. The South Portland School Department received a single audit finding for its data collection practices for its school lunch program, an issue which was immediately remediated and did not fall under the monitoring purview of City Hall. c. Past Performance and Accomplishments ii) Has Not Received an EPA Brownfields Grant but has Received Other Federal or NonFederal Assistance Agreements 1. Purpose and Accomplishments: Previously, the City of South Portland has not received a Brownfields Grant. However, the City does receive an annual allocation of CDBG funds from Cumberland County and the US Department of Housing & Urban Development, which has allowed the City to improve the quality of life for its residents, especially the low to moderate income population. The City receives an annual allocation of HUD funds ranging from $350,000-$500,000, which is used for public services, housing programs, elimination of blight, and public infrastructure improvements. In FFY 2012, as an example, the City used CDBG funds to complete improvements in Mill Creek Park ($152,385), a park in the low-income Knightville neighborhood, streetscape improvements in Knightville ($125,000), and nine public service projects (after-school education, free bus passes, Meals-on-Wheels, domestic violence counseling, and fuel assistance) which provided direct benefit to thousands of low-income residents. 2. Compliance with Grant Requirements: The City of South Portland has complied with all federal grant requirements and HUD guidelines for the entire duration of the City’s funding agreement with HUD and Cumberland County (2007-2013). The City submits all required annual reports to its HUD field office for review, and has not had any findings of noncompliance with HUD programmatic requirements to date.

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ATTACHMENT 1 Threshold Documentation (Threshold Criteria for Assessment Grants) EPA Brownfields Community-Wide Assessment Grant Proposal City of South Portland, Maine

Attachment 1 - Threshold Documentation (Threshold Criteria for Assessment Grants) 1. APPLICANT ELIGIBILITY The City of South Portland is a General Purpose Unit of Local Government eligible to apply for Brownfields Assessment funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Brownfields Grant Program. 2. LETTER FROM STATE ENVIRONMENTAL AUTHORITY A letter from Nicholas Hodgkins, the Director of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (Maine DEP) Brownfields Program, is included as Attachment 2. 3. SITE ELIGIBILITY AND PROPERTY OWNERSHIP ELIGIBILITY This criterion is Not Applicable to this grant application. This application is for communitywide assessment funding; therefore, information regarding specific site eligibility will not be included in this application. The specific sites included in the Assessment Program will be finalized through the inventory and site selection process.

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ATTACHMENT 2 Letter from State or Tribal Environmental Authority EPA Brownfields Community-Wide Assessment Grant Proposal City of South Portland, Maine

ATTACHMENT 3 – NOT APPLICABLE Documentation of Applicant Eligibility if other than City, County, State of Tribe EPA Brownfields Community-Wide Assessment Grant Proposal City of South Portland, Maine

ATTACHMENT 4 Letters of Support from all Community-Based Organizations Identified in the Community Engagement and Partnerships Ranking Criteria EPA Brownfields Community-Wide Assessment Grant Proposal City of South Portland, Maine


P.O. Box 2312 South Portland, ME 04116

January 10, 2014 Mr. Jon Jennings, Assistant City Manager City of South Portland 25 Cottage Road South Portland, ME 04106 Dear Mr. Jennings: The South Portland Land Trust (SPLT) is an urban land trust focused on open space preservation, trail expansion and community involvement projects that support a livable South Portland. For twenty five years, the SPLT has helped create a fifteen mile trail system, including the City’s keystone trail project, the Greenbelt Walkway, which runs for six miles along the length of the City. As an urban land trust, it is natural that many of our park and trail opportunities are located near or along former industrial sites and a Brownfield’s assessment grant may open up new project opportunities and provide much needed assistance. The SPLT is particularly interested in reclaiming some of these sites as many are along our high potential waterfront and new projects providing public access to these areas would be of great benefit to the community. This potential value is exemplified in case of Bug Light Park, which was once a shipyard, but is now one of the most popular parks in the region and the northern terminus of the Greenbelt Walkway and the Eastern Trail. The SPLT supports South Portland’s Brownfield's assessment grant application and, if funded, we look forward to providing assistance in the evaluation and design phases for the Brownfield’s assessment in the future, and serving on the City’s Brownfield Advisory Committee. Sincerely,

Carter Scott SPLT President

ATTACHMENT 5 Documentation Indicating Leveraged Funds Committed to the Project EPA Brownfields Community-Wide Assessment Grant Proposal City of South Portland, Maine

Finance Director (207) 767-7613

January 21, 2014

Mr. Jon Jennings Assistant City Manager City of South Portland 25 Cottage Road South Portland, ME 04106 Dear Jon, I am responding to your request for information pertaining to Tax Increment Financing (TIF) districts in the City of South Portland for possible use for redevelopment if the city is successful with a Brownfield’s grant. After a quick review of the City’s current TIF districts, there are five TIF districts that have received City Council and State approval allowing expenditure relating to environmental studies that support economic development. These funds have annual revenues in excess of $1 million dollars and presently have available resources which could be used to support Brownfield projects. Please remember there are competing projects within the City, but the TIF's are specifically approved to assist with economic and environmental studies of waterfront properties as well as redevelopment of blighted areas. Please let me know if you need any additional information.


Gregory L'Heureux Finance Director

25 Cottage Road • P.O. Box 9422 South Portland, Maine 04116-9422 Telephone (207) 767- 7612 • Fax (207) 767-7620 Monday through Friday 8:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M. • Thursday 8:00 A.M. - 6:30 P.M.

ATTACHMENT 6 – NOT APPLICABLE Justification for Requested Waiver of the $200,000 Limit for a Site-Specific Assessment, if applicable EPA Brownfields Community-Wide Assessment Grant Proposal City of South Portland, Maine

ATTACHMENT 7 – NOT APPLICABLE Property-Specific Determination Request, if applicable EPA Brownfields Community-Wide Assessment Grant Proposal City of South Portland, Maine

ATTACHMENT 8 – NOT APPLICABLE Letters of Commitment from Assessment Coalition Members, if applicable EPA Brownfields Community-Wide Assessment Grant Proposal City of South Portland, Maine

ATTACHMENT 9 – NOT APPLICABLE Petroleum Eligibility Determination Information, if applicable EPA Brownfields Community-Wide Assessment Grant Proposal City of South Portland, Maine

ATTACHMENT 10 “Other Factors” Checklist EPA Brownfields Community-Wide Assessment Grant Proposal City of South Portland, Maine

Appendix 3 Other Factors Checklist Name of Applicant: City of South Portland, Maine

Please identify (with an x) which, if any of the below items apply to your community or your project as described in your proposal. To be considered for an Other Factor, you must include the page number where each applicable factor is discussed in your proposal. EPA will verify these disclosures prior to selection and may consider this information during the evaluation process. If this information is not clearly discussed in your narrative proposal or in any other attachments, it will not be considered during the selection process. Other Factor Community population is 10,000 or less. Federally recognized Indian tribe. United States territory. Applicant will assist a Tribe or territory. Targeted brownfield sites are impacted by mine-scarred land. Targeted brownfield sites are contaminated with controlled substances Recent natural disaster(s) (2006 or later) occurred within community, causing significant community economic and environmental distress. Project is primarily focusing on Phase II assessments. Applicant demonstrates firm leveraging commitments for facilitating brownfield project completion by identifying amounts and contributors of funding in the proposal and have included documentation. Community experienced manufacturing plant closure(s) (2008 or later) tied to the targeted brownfield sites or project area, including communities experiencing auto plant closures due to bankruptcy or economic disruptions. Recent (2008 or later) significant economic disruption (unrelated to a natural disaster or manufacturing/auto plant closure) has occurred within community, resulting in a significant percentage loss of community jobs and tax base. Applicant is a recipient or a core partner of a HUD-DOT-EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities (PSC) grant that is directly tied to the project area, and can demonstrate that funding from a PSC grant has or will benefit the project area. To be considered, applicant must attach documentation which demonstrates this connection to a HUD-DOT-EPA PSC grant. Applicant is a recipient of an EPA Brownfields Area-Wide Planning grant Community is implementing green remediation plans. Climate Change. Page #


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