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SEPTEMBER 7, 2004 EPA GRANT APPLICATION FOR TARGETED SITE INVESTIGATION OF UPPER POINT VICENTE PARK AREA SEPTEMBER 7, 2004 EPA GRANT APPLICATION FOR TARGETED SITE INVESTIGATION OF UPPER POINT VICENTE PARK AREA

TO: HONORABLE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS

FROM: ASSISTANT TO THE CITY MANAGER

DATE: SEPTEMBER 7, 2004

SUBJECT: EPA GRANT APPLICATION FOR TARGETED SITE INVESTIGATION OF UPPER POINT VICENTE PARK AREA

RECOMMENDATION

Adopt Resolution No. 04 - , A Resolution of the City Council of the City of Rancho Palos Verdes approving the application for Environmental Protection Agency grant funds for targeted site investigation of Upper Point Vicente Park area.

BACKGROUND

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded the California Department of Toxic Substances Control $1.5 million in grant funds for ongoing activities designed to encourage brownfields redevelopment in California. (Brownfields are properties that may be contaminated and are underused due to potential remediation costs and liability concerns.) One grant program is the Targeted Site Investigation Program for eligible local governments, school districts, redevelopment agencies and nonprofit organizations to gain more information about a site’s condition by performing preliminary or focused assessments of the presence of hazardous materials.

DISCUSSION

Given the planning status for Upper Point Vicente Park as a future multi-purpose town center with cultural and recreational facilities, City Council approval is requested to submit a grant application for further investigation of Upper Point Vicente Park to determine if hazardous materials are present.

Based upon recommendations from previous environmental site assessments, the application proposes three specific areas of Upper Point Vicente for site investigation:

  1. Agricultural area (5.5 acre located adjacent to Salvation Army)

Test for the presence of now banned agricultural pesticides that may have been historically used on the site.

2) NIKE missile silos

Test for the presence of lead paint, asbestos, PCB’s and other hazardous materials present inside and around the silos.

3) 100 square foot area of distressed vegetation

Test for the presence of hazardous materials around and below the concrete slab, which is located just north of the City Administration building.

EPA Grant Application

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The site selection criteria is based upon the following factors:

  • Current uncertainty over site contamination.
  • Likelihood the Targeted Site Inspection will reduce uncertainty over site contamination.
  • Pioneer "Brownfield" Status in relation to the economic status of the community.
  • Development and Financing Plans established for redevelopment or reuse of site.
  • Community Benefit from proposed site reuse.

Grant awards for the Targeted Site Investigation program typically range from $50,000 to $75,000 per project. The estimated value of targeted site investigation of the three areas identified on the Upper Point Vicente site is approximately $40,000.

The deadline for application submittal is September 10, 2004 and grant awards are anticipated to be announced by October 15, 2004.

FISCAL IMPACT

None associated with this report. The grant application, if selected, has a value of approximately $40,000 for targeted site investigation services.

PREPARED BY

Gina Park

Assistant to the City Manager

APPROVED BY

Les Evans

City Manager

Attachment: Resolution

RESOLUTION NO. 2004-xx

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF RANCHO PALOS VERDES, APPROVING THE APPLICATION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY GRANT FUNDS FOR TARGETED SITE INVESTIGATION OF UPPER POINT VICENTE PARK AREA:

WHEREAS, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded the California Department of Toxic Substances Control $1.5 million in grant funds for ongoing activities designed to encourage brownfields redevelopment in California; and

WHEREAS, in May of 2002, the City Council launched an ambitious collaborative planning project to develop a Master Plan for the City’s open space, parkland and recreational opportunities and unmet needs; and

WHEREAS, the community overwhelmingly expressed strong interest and support for the conceptual design plan for developing the under-utilized Upper Point Vicente site into a multi-use recreational, cultural and civic center complex and open space preserve; and

WHEREAS, there exists high uncertainty over site contamination based upon recognized environmental concerns identified in past limited environmental site assessments of Upper Point Vicente area due to former operations as a Nike missile complex; and

WHEREAS, targeted site investigation will enable the City to resolve future development and financing plans for the reuse of Upper Point Vicente by identifying all the environmental constraints.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF RANCHO PALOS VERDES HEREBY:

  1. Approved the filing of an application for the Targeted Site Investigation Program for grant assistance.
  2. Appoints Les Evans, City Manager as agent of the City of Rancho Palos Verdes to conduct all negotiations, execute and submit all documents, including, but not limited to applications, agreements, amendments, payment requests and so on, which may be necessary for the completion of the aforementioned project.

PASSED, APPROVED AND ADOPTED THE 7TH DAY OF SEPTEMBER 2004.

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Mayor

ATTEST:

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City Clerk

State of California )

County of Los Angeles ) ss

City of Rancho Palos Verdes )

I, JO PURCELL, City Clerk of the City of Rancho Palos Verdes, hereby certify that the above Resolution No. 2004-XX was duly and regularly passed and adopted by the said City Council at a regular meeting thereof held on September 7, 2004.

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City Clerk