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August 2006

 

Dallas brownfields program spurs city redevelopment

The City of Dallas is being revitalized, thanks in part to the efforts of the Dallas Brownfields Program and grants from EPA’s Office of Brownfields Cleanup and Redevelopment. The redevelopment effort is encouraging businesses and residents to consider downtown rather than moving out to the suburbs.

The American Airlines (AA) Center is located on the site of a former Dallas Electric Company generating plant, built in 1890.The Dallas Brownfields Program (DBP) was started through a $200,000 brownfields assessment pilot grant from EPA in October 1995. Since then, the program has helped revitalize downtown Dallas by turning abandoned and underused properties into usable spaces.

Victory Park, a mixed-use retail, office, and residential park that includes the American Airlines Center and new W Hotel, opened in 2001. The park received a Phoenix Award, a national award for outstanding brownfields achievement. In south Dallas DBP used funds to conduct site assessments of a former Sears Automotive Store. Through a bond initiative, voters agreed to fund the redevelopment of the store as a new police headquarters. The City of Dallas used sustainable development practices to build the Jack Evans Police Headquarters, which was the first “green building” constructed in Dallas.

On May 12, 2006, EPA announced the program would receive another $200,000 to conduct environmental site assessments and perform community outreach. The monies will be used primarily to study sites in the southern sector of Dallas, including South Dallas/Fair Park, West Dallas, the Cedars and the South Side Public Improvement District.

To date, DBP has leveraged more than $922 million for Brownfields cleanup and redevelopment and added more than 6,000 jobs. EPA has designated Dallas a brownfields showcase city.

More information about the Dallas Brownfields Program is available on the EPA Region 6 website at www.epa.gov/region6/brownfields.


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