Brownfield Assessment Grant Assess Environmental Impacts of Underutilized Properties in Antioch
The Village of Antioch is a community of just over 14,000 residents located within the Chicago metropolitan area in northeastern Illinois. Along its main corridor of Illinois Route 83 (IL 83), many businesses either closed or moved resulting in the environmental and economic decline of the community’s urban core and central business district.
Numerous buildings and sites were stigmatized with the perception of environmental contamination. This area was victim to inappropriate historical zoning practices and contained several instances of incongruent land uses located within close proximity, including industrial manufacturing sites adjoining area schools and recreational facilities.
Despite these setbacks, recent investments in downtown transportation infrastructure, including the Metra Commuter Rail Station and a $14 million infrastructure improvement to IL 83, have created a renewed development interest in the area.
The Village was awarded an EPA Brownfield Assessment Grant to assess underutilized properties potentially impacted by Hazardous Substances and encourage the reuse and redevelopment of subject properties. HR Green assisted the Village with meeting the requirements of the EPA Assessment Grant. A key part of this project involved the redevelopment of underused land, blighted properties, and former industrial areas.
The Village and HR Green collaborated to create a highly interactive brownfields project website that utilized a Geographic Information System platform to display information. The tool made the project more transparent for the general public by allowing the community to geo-reference all project data.
The Village used the grant to conduct Phase I and II Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) to determine whether any perceived or real environmental impairments exist and transition properties toward redevelopment. The Village completed eleven Phase I ESAs on 28 parcels totaling more than 20 acres in addition to three Phase II ESAs.