SRP Grant Funding as a Project Driver- Two Florida Redevelopment Success Stories
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The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) manages funding provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) for brownfields site cleanups under the State and Tribal Response Program (SRP) Grants.

Florida is one of 25 states with a Memorandum of Agreement with the EPA that allows the FDEP to receive this funding towards brownfields cleanups at eligible sites. Accordingly, over the past several years, SRP grant funding has provided valuable contributions to a wide variety of brownfields cleanups across Florida. This presentation will discuss two specific redevelopment projects that benefitted greatly from this grant funding, and it has helped to facilitate redevelopment activities to move forward; the common end goal for these projects is to improve the respective properties to allow for their renewed usage within disadvantaged economic areas of Jacksonville and Ocala.

The Former Byrd & Sons Fuel Oil and LP Gas Site is located in a lower-income, mostly residential neighborhood in Jacksonville, Florida, and it was purchased by a small, local real estate company called Dinestia Holdings (Dinestia). Unfortunately, this company was unaware of historical environmental issues with the property. The site formerly contained above-grade propane gas tanks and an above-grade diesel tank connected to a petroleum dispensing system. There was a historical petroleum discharge associated with a former vehicle fueling dispenser connected to the diesel above-ground storage tank (AST). The law firm of Finger, Nelson & Maguire, PLLC partnered with Geosyntec Consultants (Geosyntec) and FDEP to assist Dinestia through the petroleum cleanup process starting in 2017. The petroleum cleanup was advanced to the successful end point of a Site Rehabilitation Completion Order (SRCO) while allowing the redevelopment work to progress.

The second case study that will be presented involves the Former Royal Oak Enterprises Site in Ocala, Florida. Royal Oak Enterprises reportedly operated as a charcoal manufacturing facility from the 1970s through 2006 on a 24.5-acre property surrounded by low-income residences. Several rounds of site assessment have been conducted at the property including recent soil sampling conducted by Geosyntec under the direction of FDEP utilizing SRP grant funding. Impacts detected in shallow soils include arsenic, barium, and polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). The City of Ocala purchased the property with proactive plans for redevelopment that will occur in multiple phases. The prior facility buildings have already been demolished. The western portion of the Site has already received an SRCO and will likely be redeveloped first with a large community center. The eastern portion of the site is currently slated for additional soil sampling, soil excavation and the removal of onsite underground storage tanks. This portion of the site currently has a long-term redevelopment plan for mixed use with retail and affordable housing.

Publication Summary

  • Geosyntec Authors: David Latham
  • All Authors: David Latham, Geosyntec Consultants; Kristina Nelson, Finger, Nelson & Maguire; Lisa Walsh, City of Ocala Office of Economic Development
  • Title: 2019 Southeast Brownfields Conference
  • Event or Publication: Event
  • Practice Areas: Brownfield Redevelopment Planning and Design
  • Citation: David Latham, PG, Eric Sager, P.G. (Florida), Lydia Dorrance, Ph.D. (California), and Helen Dawson, Ph.D. (Washington D.C.), are presenting on multiple topics at the 2019 Southeast Brownfields Conference at the DoubleTree Universal Orlando in Orlando, Florida on October 27-30, 2019.
  • Date: October 27-30, 2019
  • Location: Orlando, Florida
  • Publication Type: Platform Presentation