Vision: Revitalize vacant and underutilized (“brownfield”) properties throughout Matanuska-Susitna (Mat-Su) Borough to provide benefits to the community, including environmental restoration, job creation, increased property values, and reduced health risks.
Mission: Use EPA Brownfield Assessment Grant funding to inventory and prioritize brownfield sites for redevelopment, assess existing site conditions, and plan for cleanup and reuse of priority sites throughout our community.
The Site Reuse and Revitalization Program is funded by two U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Brownfields Assessment Grants awarded in 2016 to a Coalition led by Mat-Su Borough and supported by the Cities of Palmer and Wasilla. The Program is managed by Mat-Su Borough with support from an environmental consulting team led by Stantec Consulting Services Inc. (Stantec). The grants will fund Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) and other cleanup/reuse activities at publicly and privately-owned brownfield sites over a three-year period (through September 2019).
The EPA defines brownfields as “real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential [i.e. perceived] presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.”
Environmental impacts from historic industrial operations and commercial activities have resulted in vacant and underutilized brownfield properties throughout Mat-Su Borough. Brownfields include derelict industrial sites along rail corridors, former auto-related businesses in aging commercial corridors, and other vacant and underutilized commercial and industrial properties. Under contract with Mat-Su Borough, Stantec will assess environmental liabilities and develop cleanup/reuse plans to catalyze redevelopment throughout the community.
Phase I & II Environmental Site Assessment Videos