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Miscellaneous Assessments Success Stories

Alameda Street Widening

Alameda 800The Environmental Site Assessments (ESA) for this project were funded through the Citywide Brownfields Programs by the Wilmington and Pacoima Brownfields Assessment Grant from USEPA. Two Phase I ESAs were conducted in January 2014 along Alameda Street between Anaheim Street and Harry Bridges Blvd. The assessments counted historical oil wells that were advanced near enough to the alignment to result in potential environmental impairments. At least three sets of oil collection tanks were located sufficiently near the alignment to be considered recognized environmental conditions. Emissions or seeps resulting from incomplete abandonment are also known to occur at these types of former well locations. In addition, the earliest historical land use documentation from 1913 shows the presence of subsidiary rail lines, accompanied near Anaheim Street by a parallel main rail line. Potential contaminants of concern include crude oil and various types of refined petroleum products, metals from older drilling muds and oil field brines, and asbestos. The project proposed was to widen Alameda Street and provide additional northbound and southbound through-lanes, and to provide a northbound free right-turn lane from northbound Alameda Street to eastbound Anaheim Street. The strip of property was 30 feet wide and approximately 3,700 feet long. Based on the results of this Phase I ESA, additional soil, soil vapor and groundwater sampling was recommended along the alignment to verify the extent of known impacts. Widening Alameda St. between Anaheim St. and Harry Bridges improved traffic from 4 to 6 lanes, facilitating general goods movement within the community and Los Angeles basin and, more importantly, directly to the Port of Los Angeles.

Heart of Watts Community Garden

Citywide Brownfield Program worked with Council District 15 to transform a vacant lot located at 2254 East 103rd Street into a community garden, known as Heart of Watts Community Garden. At the very early stages of this project, the Brownfields Program conducted environmental assessments that determined there were no contamination issues which would obstruct development of the site. The community garden includes raised beds where community members may grow various plants and vegetables as well as fruit and shade trees. The ground surface was covered with decomposed granite in the walking paths and mulch aisles surrounding the raised planting beds. Hearts of Watts Community Garden held its grand opening on November 5, 2016.