EPA Assessment Grant Project
In 2013, the city was awarded two assessment grants from the EPA totaling $400,000 ($200,000 for hazardous substances and $200,000 for petroleum). As part of the grant, City staff have been busy building the Beaverton Brownfields Program (BBP) to help meet City’s goals and policies to preserve and expand existing development, attract development, protect and enhance public and environmental health, boost economic development potential, and increase property values and tax revenues. The EPA grant funding will be used to assess occupied, vacant, and/or underutilized brownfields with the opportunity to foster the growth of manufacturing and technology-based businesses and other industries that may already be operating on brownfield sites. The City’s efforts are especially focused on properties with suspected environmental contamination within Beaverton’s Enterprise Zone boundary, which makes up a significant portion of the city’s industrial and downtown core.
Site Inventory/Site Characterization
The purpose of the brownfield inventory was to identify known and potential brownfields within the City’s Enterprise Zone and to understand their characteristics. Although there are existing databases of known and potentially contaminated sites through Oregon DEQ, these are limited and sometimes out of date. As a result, a supplemental land use evaluation and field reconnaissance was conducted in Summer and Fall 2014 to accurately understand the scale, extent, and impact of brownfield properties in Beaverton. Based on this work, there are more than 130 known and suspect sites totaling approximately 350 acres. For more details, please see information about the Brownfields Inventory and Outreach Prioritization and a map of the known DEQ sites.
- Environmental Cleanup Site Information (ESCI) database, Oregon DEQ
- Leaking Underground Storage Tank (LUST), Oregon DEQ
Along with funds for assessments, qualifying properties can also receive funding for cleanup planning. Qualifying properties will typically demonstrate a potential or interest in development of or redevelopment of the site. Please contact David Tetrick at 503-526-2631 or dtetrick@BeavertonOregon.gov for more information.
Beaverton Brownfields Assessment Project Team
The project team is comprised of City staff and the project consultant; the Technical Advisory Committee, comprised of City staff from relevant departments; and the Community Engagement Team, which consists of a diverse group of community members who represent affected neighborhoods, business and industry, public health, property owners, housing advocacy, and immigrant and refugee communities.
The project team is led by City staff from the Economic Development Division (EDD). The project consultants, as a part of the project team, include the primary contractor Maul Foster & Alongi, and three subcontractors: Communitas, Groundwork Portland, and ECONorthwest. Maul Foster & Alongi is an environmental firm who works on all aspects of the project from project management and public involvement to site inventory, site assessment, and cleanup planning. Communitas specializes in public outreach and is responsible for writing the Involvement Plan and coordinating the public meetings. Groundwork Portland has expertise in grassroots community organizing and will work to involve the community in several ways as the site-specific assessments allow. ECONorthwest applies economic and financial principles and methods in order to evaluate potential investments and will assist with cleanup planning as needed for site-specific assessments.
The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) is made up of Beaverton staff from representative departments and divisions. The TAC provides input and advice on project proposals, products, and stakeholder processes at quarterly meetings. They also serve as liaisons between their work teams and the Brownfields Program to ensure the final program and projects address a suite of City policies, goals, and interests.
The Community Engagement Team (CET), with EDD staff, is responsible for reviewing and helping the City to implement the Public Involvement Plan to ensure activities are workable in practice and embody the community’s interests for the Brownfields Program. The CET, by representing the general interests of the Beaverton community, plays a role in reviewing criteria employed by the project team in developing a prioritization process to help identify projects for site assessment and characterization. As such, these efforts directly support future site characterization activities, and help ensure broad support through a transparent and thorough public process.
- Deka Ali, Somali Community
- Carmela Bowns, Vose NAC
- Felicia Tripp, Portland Housing Center
- Kari Christensen, Oregon Health Authority
- Troy Montes, Beaverton Hispanic Center/Central Beaverton Resident
- Amy Saberiyan, Beaverton Urban Renewal Agency, Property and Business Owner
- Manal Saeed, Beaverton Organizing and Leadership Development
- Nita Shah, MicroEnterprise Services of Oregon
- Charles Wilson, Denney Whitford/Raleigh West NAC, Business Owner
The project team works closely with a variety of stakeholders and partner organizations.