Coming Soon: Frederick to Announce RFP for Qualified Environmental Professionals to Conduct Phase I and II Brownfield Assessments

Planning in Progress

By Kristen E. Humphrey, MLA, Local Assistance and Training Planner

Figure 1 – Looking west along Carroll Creek Park walking path. Photo, Kristen E. Humphrey, 2022.

In 2021 the City of Frederick was awarded a US EPA Community-Wide Assessment Grant from EPA Region III to conduct Phase I and II environmental site assessments (ESAs) of brownfield sites in the city (refer to EPA’s fact sheet, Assessing Brownfield Sites, for a definition and description of Phase I and II ESA processes).

The Frederick Department of Economic Development will soon issue an RFP seeking one or more qualified environmental professionals (QEPs) to perform up to six Phase I and II ESAs, initially on city-owned sites with optional assessments on private sites at the request of site owners. Additional grant activities will include developing a Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP), creating a communications strategy, and obtaining community input on the process. Kick-off for the effort began early this year and grant activities will be completed in 2024.

Figure 2 – One of many public art installations along the Carroll Creek linear park. Photo: Kristen E. Humphrey, 2022.

Frederick already has an impressive track record of brownfield reclamation and adaptive reuse of historic structures in and around Carroll Creek Park, a nearly two-mile-long linear park with walking paths, water features, an outdoor amphitheater, and public art that runs east-west through its historic downtown. The park includes a major flood control project, as it is designed to flood in the event of a major storm, and boasts more than 1.3 miles of box culverts designed to handle flood waters, quickly draining them away as storms recede.

The EPA grant poses a great opportunity for QEPs to be a part of the city’s on-going exciting brownfields re-development and downtown revitalization projects.

Be sure to check back for more information about the Community-Wide Assessment Grant, the RFP, and Frederick’s innovative brownfields rehabilitation efforts in an upcoming edition of Planning Practice Monthly!

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