Sites & Opportunities
What are the program goals?
- Support local economic development initiatives that stimulate investment and provide new employment opportunities.
- Transform blighted areas into safe, viable spaces that enhance our neighborhoods.
- Restore the environment and protect human health.
- Create public-private partnerships that will leverage funding for redevelopment projects.
- Gather and effectively utilize public input to identify priority redevelopment areas, plans, and strategies.
Why is your input needed?
Great ideas and visions aligned with opportunities help local municipalities and potential developers realize community desires, needs, and possibilities. Community input serves as the foundation for creating a clear path forward that ultimately leads to restoring abandoned and blighted properties currently detracting from investment. Over the long-term, making these sites attractive to developers will stimulate local investment, create jobs, increase access to local amenities, and improve overall public perceptions for our community.
Frequently Asked Questions
The brownfield site reuse and revitalization program is implemented and overseen by the City of Lodi. The City will work with property owners, developers, and other community stakeholders to identify and prioritize brownfield sites in need of environmental assessments and site cleanup/ reuse plans to support near-term redevelopment opportunities.
The project is funded by a $300,000 Brownfield Assessment Grant awarded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2020.
Grant funds can be used to conduct environmental site assessments and regulated building materials surveys and develop site cleanup/reuse plans that support property sale or redevelopment activities for eligible sites.
Publicly- and privately-owned properties can be eligible for funding. Eligibility is determined on a case-by-case basis. Eligible sites may include (but are not limited to):
- Former manufacturing & industrial sites (e.g. shuttered mills & factories)
- Vacant or underutilized commercial facilities (e.g. aging strip malls, warehouses, etc.)
- Former gas stations & auto-related businesses
- Former dry cleaners
- Old rail yards & truck depots
- Salvage yards, landfills & illegal dumpsites
- Aging buildings with asbestos-containing materials, lead-based paint, or other regulated materials
Sites will be prioritized for grant funding based on several factors, including community benefit and redevelopment potential.
Prioritized sites must meet certain eligibility requirements to qualify for grant funding. The City will submit an eligibility form to EPA on the property owner’s behalf requesting approval to use grant funds. If the property is approved for grant funding, the property owner will work with the Coalition’s environmental consultant (Stantec) to coordinate the environmental assessment and/or related activities. The owner will receive an electronic report with findings and recommendations.
Grant funds are available through October 2023 and will be earmarked for eligible, priority sites on a first-come, first-served basis. Depending on demand, funds may be utilized much earlier than the deadline.