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File #: 21-1137    Name:
Type: Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 5/25/2021 In control: City Council Legislative Meeting
On agenda: 6/22/2021 Final action:
Title: Consideration of an application for the Virginia Brownfields Restoration and Economic Redevelopment Assistance Fund Site Assessment and Planning Grant regarding the former GenOn Power Plant Site Redevelopment.
Attachments: 1. 21-1137_Attachment 1 Resolution VBAF Grant, 2. 21-1137_Final Resolution
City of Alexandria, Virginia
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MEMORANDUM


DATE: JUNE 16, 2021

TO: THE HONORABLE MAYOR AND MEMBERS OF CITY COUNCIL

FROM MARK B. JINKS, CITY MANAGER /s/

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Consideration of an application for the Virginia Brownfields Restoration and Economic Redevelopment Assistance Fund Site Assessment and Planning Grant regarding the former GenOn Power Plant Site Redevelopment.
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ISSUE: Should the City apply to the Virginia Brownfields Restoration and Economic Redevelopment Assistance Fund (VBAF) to fund expert technical assistance and support plans to demolish and remediate the former GenOn power plant site?

RECOMMENDATION: That City Council:

1. Approve the Resolution (Attachment 1) for the VBAF grant application in the amount of $50,000 and 100% matching commitment; and

2. Authorize the City Manager to execute all the necessary documents that may be required.

BACKGROUND: The VBAF was established to provide grants to local governments to promote the restoration and redevelopment of brownfield sites and to address environmental problems to reuse so that these sites can be effectively marketed to new economic development prospects. VBAF Site Assessment and Planning Grants, in amounts up to $50,000, are available to assist with the costs of environmental and cultural resource site assessments, development of remediation and reuse plans, assessment of significant archaeological resources or demolition and removal of existing structures, or other site work necessary to make a site or certain real property usable for new economic development. Applicants may apply for one project per fiscal year and a local match of 100% is required.

DISCUSSION: The demolition and redevelopment of the former GenOn power plant site is important to the City and the residents living nearby this site. Given the history of this industrial site, staff anticipates that remediation will be ...

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