The Titusville Economic Development Office will host a community brownfield workshop on April 6
the workshop will be held at the Harry T. Moore Social Service Center at 729 South Deleon Avenue
BREVARD COUNTY • TITUSVILLE, FLORIDA – The City of Titusville’s Office of Economic Development will host a community workshop on April 6 to gather public input on identifying potential brownfield sites throughout the city.
The workshop, which will take place at the Harry T. Moore Social Service Center, 729 South Deleon Avenue in Titusville, will begin at 5:30 p.m. and end at 7:30 p.m.
A brownfield is a property that faces challenges for reuse, resale, or redevelopment due to environmental contamination or the perceived threat of contamination.
Federal and state brownfields programs aim to ensure the rehabilitation of these properties so that they can be redeveloped for their optimum use.
In October 2021, the City of Titusville received $300,000 in funding from the Federal Environmental Protection Agency for a Community Brownfields Assessment Grant.
To determine if a property is contaminated with hazardous substances, this grant is used to conduct Phase I Environmental Site Assessments, which are non-intrusive assessments at selected and identified sites, to verify that contamination exists.
Through the government process at the local level, many properties are designated as brownfields, but that does not necessarily mean they are contaminated.
“The very important first step for the city at this time is to identify, through meaningful public entries, properties that should be assessed for contamination by Terracon, our environmental engineering consultant,” said Lisa Nicholas, director of the economic development of Titusville.
“Being able to get that insight from our citizens on which properties they think should be screened is not only important for the city, but also for the Environmental Protection Agency.”
If a site is assessed and contamination is found to be present, the grant also includes some cleanup planning activities (Phase II).
“Our residents know the locations of these derelict and unsightly properties best,” Nicholas said. “We rely on them to help us identify them, and their participation is both encouraged and appreciated.
For more information, contact Lisa Nicholas, Director of Economic Development and Brownfield Program Manager for the City of Titusville, at [email protected] and 321-567-3774.