City To Take Lead On Brownfield Study

City Council passed a resolution Monday to step in as the lead agency in an environmental review of the Jamestown Brownfield Opportunity Area Nomination Study.

In addition, the City Council has had prepared an environmental assessment of the significance of and potential environmental impact of the proposed project

The Environmental Protection Agency defines a “brownfield site” as real property, the expansion, redevelopment or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.

“It has to deal with the development in the Brownfield,” said Tony Dolce, R-Ward 2. “It deals with part of the area along the (Chadakoin) river where we’re going to be developing. It’s by the Riverwalk, but it could be used for other developments as well. We’re just the lead agency in this study.”

Jamestown was awarded three state planning grants targeted at the Chadakoin River and properties near the river in 2012. Included in that award was this study, as well as a Local Waterfront Revitalization Program study.

“Basically, this just makes us the lead agency,” Dolce said. “It’s a protocol that we have to go through in order to continue with that.”

This latest step forward in development around the Chadakoin river comes less than two weeks after the Jamestown Planning Commission submitted an application for a grant that would bring more development to the Riverwalk. Results on that grant are still pending.