The City of Madison will host a Brownfields Assessment Program Kickoff meeting on Tuesday December 3, 2013 at which time the public will receive an overview of the City’s Brownfields Assessment Program and citizens will also be given an opportunity to indicate which sites have the highest priority.
The public information meeting will be held in Room 260 of the Madison Municipal Building, 215 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. The meeting will begin at 6pm and run til 7:30 pm. Click here for the meeting agenda.
Brownfields are defined by the Wisconsin DNR as “abandoned, idle, or underused commercial or industrial properties, where the reuse or re-development may be hindered by real or perceived contamination.”
The City of Madison, operating on a $400,000 grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), has identified three corridors that contain many of the City’s brownfields: Packer’s Avenue/Pennsylvania Avenue (North Corridor); East Washington Avenue (Isthmus Corridor); and Park Street (South Corridor). See here the City’s Brownfields Assessment Program Fact Sheet for more information and a map of the brownfield corridor. Individual maps of the three corridors may be found here on the City’s Brownfields home page.
Lake Wingra Watershed Has It’s Own Brownfields
Brownfields straddle the Park Street corridor (see map here). Because Park Street is near the easternmost boundary our surface watershed, it is the Park Street brownfield corridor that is of most interest to those of us who live, work and play in, or just plain love this watershed.
The portion of Park Street that is in the Lake Wingra Watershed (from Bram Street on the south to Olin Avenue on the north) is the area of immediate concern because of the concentration of brownfields. These are largely on the western (lake side) of Park Street.
More details to follow. Also, check back here for a report on the Tuesday evening meeting.