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ACRES Bulletin
October 2019

Showing Success in ACRES!

From Mills and Landfill to Riverfront Living

Everett is a city 30 miles north of Seattle, Washington, nestled between the Snohomish River and Possession Sound. A large area along the city's riverfront was formerly used for commercial purposes that required a concentrated effort to clean up. Everett operated its first major landfill on this tract from 1917 to 1974. In 1977, a commercial recycling operation began storing old rubber tires on portions of the site. Two separate fires occurred in the tire piles in 1983 and 1984. The landfill site was listed under the State of Washington's Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA) in 1989. Adjacant to the landfill were the Simpson Paper Mill and Eclipse Lumber Mill. The paper mill operated from 1891 until the early 1970s. The lumber mill was built in 1897 and burned down in 1962. The total project along the Snohomish River is 211 acres that includes; 78 acres of wetland, 3 acres of parkland, and over 100 acres of buildable land. The Master Plan below shows the environmentally sensitive areas in green, and the public amenities in yellow.

Everett Master Plan 2019
Everett 2009 Master Plan Showing the Riverfront Redevelopment

The City of Everett is well underway in its efforts to redevelop this large brownfield. It will stabilize 3,800-feet of riverfront, restore the wetlands, and improve salmon habitat. EPA provided $300,000 for an assessment conducted from 1998 to 2002. Snohomish County approved two recovery bond packages totaling $19M in 2010.

A developer is building homes on two of the sites: 190 townhomes have been completed on the Eclipse site and 235 single-family detached homes are being built on the Simpson site (about 75% complete). "For sale" signs are sprouting up outside unfinished homes on the Simpson site.

The Master Plan was amended on May 1, 2019 to add 1,250 residential units in six-story buildings. Also included in the amendment are a 250-room hotel, 125,000 square feet of office space, and 230,000 square feet of retail space on the former landfill. The local newspaper reports that the building on the landfill is a $425M investment for a new developer; partially because, due to the soft soil, 80-feet deep pilings will be required.

Boeing facilities in Everett employ approximately 30,000 employees (they produce the 747, 767, 777, and the 787 airplanes). The Boeing facility is 7 miles from the Everett Riverfront Redevelopment, which is becoming an increasingly popular place for folks living and working in Everett to call 'home'.

Documented project accomplishments include:

  • Acres cleaned up and ready for reuse:
  • 100
  • Jobs leveraged: (25 jobs for cleanup + 100 jobs for redevelopment)
  • 125
  • EPA grant dollars invested:
  • $300,000
  • Leveraged funding (cleanup):
  • $2,000,000
  • Leveraged funding (redevelopment):
  • $16,700,000

    Eclipse Site Is fully sold
    Eclipse Site Is fully sold

    Simpson Site – going fast!
    Simpson Site – going fast!


    EPA Announces the Selection of 149 Communities to Receive $64.6 Million in Funding for Brownfields Multipurpose, Assessment, and Cleanup Grants to Address Contaminated Properties Across the Nation

    On June 5th, the EPA announced the selection of the 2020 Brownfields grant recipients (for assessment, cleanup and multipurpose). The funds will aid under-served and economically disadvantaged communities in Opportunity Zones and other parts of the country. These funds will be used in assessing and cleaning up abandoned industrial and commercial properties. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler stated, "We are targeting these funds to areas that need them the most. Approximately 40 percent of the selected recipients are receiving Brownfields grants for the first time, which means we are reaching areas that may previously been neglected, and 108 of the selected communities have identified sites or targeted areas that fall within Opportunity Zones."

    Details on the awards can be found on the EPA Grant Fact Sheet website.

    National Brownfields Training Conference

    Please join us for the National Brownfields Training Conference in Los Angeles, CA this coming December 11th – 13th. A full day of pre-conference training is also being offered on Tuesday, December 10th. Brownfields 2019 is the largest national event focused on brownfields redevelopment and sustainable communities. Thousands from the brownfields community come together over four days to share innovative ideas and learn the latest tools for the assessment, remediation and redevelopment of brownfields sites. Attendees come from all sectors including local, state and federal agencies, tribal governments, nonprofit community groups, academia, and industry consultants and developers. Registration is officially open, so please sign up at Spots are limited for certain training opportunities and mobile workshops so interested parties are encouraged to register soon!

    Brownfields Conference 2019

    Features in ACRES

    ACRES 6.0 ….. it's here!

    Emails were sent to all active ACRES users on October 4th announcing that ACRES 6.0 is up and running. Please be sure to read Frank's Tips for more details on our new version.

    In case you missed the email, there is a new url to access ACRES: Note that ACRES 5.0 will be available for a few more months but system enhancements are being added to ACRES 6.0 only.

    ACRES training has been updated for the new 6.0 version. The June training sessions were recorded and are available on the EPA's ACRES website, in case you missed them. The Quick Reference Guides have also been updated for version 6.0.

    The development team will be adding enhancements over the next few months. You will receive emails (Release Notes) describing new features.

    If you have any questions, problems or suggestions for ways ACRES can make your job more effective, please let us know by contacting the ACRES Help Desk at: or (703) 284-8212.

    Events & Training

    Online Training Offered:

    Getting Started:
      For Assessment, RLF, Cleanup, and Section 128(a) Recipients just starting to use ACRES, this training will provide instruction on the process for submitting your property data and demonstrate how to use the tools and functions in ACRES. Approximately 90 minutes.

    The Next Level:
      For Assessment, RLF, Cleanup, and Section 128(a) Recipients that are familiar with using ACRES, this training will provide instruction on how to make ACRES work for you and your property scenarios, and the answers to some commonly asked questions. Approximately 90 minutes.

    Project Officer:
      For Project Officers, a new training class will provide an overview of ACRES 6.0, highlighting new navigation features and covering the review of work packages and Quarterly Reports. Time to address questions will be provided after the system demonstration. Approximately 60 minutes.

      ACRES next Training Dates (2pm EST) details

    Getting Started- October 8
    December 10th
    The Next Level- September 10
    November 12th

    National Brownfields Training Conference (Pacific Time)

    Beginner Training: Wedn. December 11th 10-11 AM
    Thurs. December 12th 10-11 AM
    Advanced Training: Wedn. December 11th 2-3 PM
    Thurs. December 12th 12:15-1:15 PM
    Friday December 13th 9:30-10:30 AM
    Project Officer: Thurs. December 12th 1:45-2:45 PM
    Friday December 13th 10:30-11:30 AM

    Frank's Tips

    Frank Gardner is the Brownfields Coordinator and the Regional Data Coordinator at EPA Region 1. In this role, he works with recipients to help them report their activities and successes in ACRES. Frank Gardner

    Team ACRES is very excited and proud to roll out ACRES 6.0 this month. This milestone represents the culmination of nearly three years of planning and hard work. ACRES 6.0 is built upon the modern architecture of Java and is designed to provide a more user-friendly experience and state-of the-art interface. The numerous popup windows that used to bedevil many users are gone, and the tile-based layout of the home page puts all of the program's functions in one handy place.

    Version 5 will still be available for a few months, but we encourage everyone to start using ACRES 6.0 the next time you log in. Both programs access the same database, so you don't need to worry about data you enter under version 5 not showing up under ACRES 6.0, or vice versa. Our training webinars will focus on ACRES 6.0 going forward, and the old 5 version will go offline this fall. We also look forward to providing live training sessions showcasing ACRES 6.0 at the National Brownfields Conference in Los Angeles this December.

    We are very fortunate to have ACRES for reporting and tracking the successes of the Brownfields program, as opposed to an off-the shelf system. This gives us the ability to control and optimize the system on an ongoing basis, in order to better serve our grantees and our internal program stakeholders. You may have noticed that over the past year, minor enhancements and debugs to ACRES 5.0 were put on hold or deferred in order to focus on ACRES 6.0 development. Now that the new version is up and running, we will be able to resume our normal monthly development cycles to manage debugs, enhancements, and new features. For example, some of the new features we look forward to rolling out in the coming months include expanding the Quarterly Report function to RLF and Job Training grants, and adding Property Profile Form (PPF) changes approved for the 2019 Information Collection Request (ICR).

    Team ACRES knows that excellence is a journey and not a destination, so we will keep working hard to continue improving ACRES for the benefit of our user community and the overall success of the Brownfields program. We look forward to hearing from you and receiving your input on ACRES 6.0 as you start putting it through its paces. The problems and ideas you report to the Help Desk often become the next improvement or enhancement to the program, so enjoy ACRES 6.0, and please keep the ideas coming!

    "If you really think that the environment is less important than the economy, try holding your breath while you count your money."

    ~ Guy McPherson

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