• KDHE funds environment assessment on IUAH facility site

    Posted on July 29, 2013 by in facility, funding

    We are very happy to announce that the Kansas Brownfields Program, an initiative supported by the Environmental Protection Agency and administered by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), has funded the necessary environmental assessments required on the proposed property InterUrban ArtHouse intends to buy to create affordable studios, community arts programming, cultural space and sculpture garden. 

    The Kansas Brownfields program offers support in a crucial step for any community project that aims to redevelop, reuse or revitalize an underutilized property in a city or neighborhood.

    What are 'Brownfields'?
    By definition, a Brownfield site is property of which the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse may be complicated by contamination or perceived contamination on the property.

    Prescott Community Garden, Kansas City received a Brownfields Targeted Assessment prior to development

    Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) should be performed before any redevelopment occurs on a Brownfields property. The KDHE performs ESAs by completing Phase I and/or Phase II Brownfields Targeted Assessment (BTA) on eligible properties. BTAs can include not only soil and groundwater contamination assessments, but also evaluate issues such as asbestos, mold, and/or lead-based paint which could complicate project planning and execution. Once communities can demonstrate a particular property’s viability for redevelopment, these communities can then encourage redevelopment activities on these underutilized pieces of property.

    We would like to thank the KDHE and the Kansas Brownfields Program for their support in this work. We are so encouraged by the partnership between local government, national bodies (such as the EPA), arts organizations and the community. The role of government is key in the Creative Placemaking model by which InterUrban operates, and through these continued partnerships we can work to encourage economic development, producing jobs, increasing the tax base and of course enriching the community through arts and culture.

    The Kansas Brownfields Program has successfully assisted hundreds of communities and projects to redevelop from blighted land, including medical centers, public libraries, parks, museums, fire stations, and retail and commercial businesses.

    For more info, visit the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s webpage: www.kdheks.gov

    Design Concept for InterUrban ArtHouse facility, now a Brownfields Targeted Assessment site