The Town of Front Royal and Warren County recently
approved a conceptual reuse plan for the Site. According to the
conceptual reuse plan,
the area east of the railroad tracks would be redeveloped for commercial
or light industrial use, and the area west of the railroad tracks would
be redeveloped for passive recreational use.
Traditionally, redevelopment at inactive industrial sites, such as
Superfund sites, has waited until after the
clean-up process is complete. (Brownfields sites are old industrial
or commercial properties that have not been placed on the NPL and may
be suitable for redevelopment.) Unfortunately, this process has meant
that work at these sites is sometimes duplicated and that valuable time
is lost before the community can benefit from the reuse of these properties.
and FMC recognize that understanding the communitys planned future
use for a property is important in determining the most appropriate
clean-up plan for a site. If the future use is known, then the risk
assessment process and evaluation of clean-up options can be targeted,
simplified, and shortened. In addition, the remedial design can include
components to facilitate and accelerate redevelopment of the property.
Conversely, redevelopment can be affected by environmental issues, financing
questions, and community concerns.
Obtaining input from all interested parties throughout
the clean-up and redevelopment processes is the best way to ensure that
the final clean-up remedy protects human health and the environment
and that the redevelopment meets the future needs of the community.
To assist the community with coordinating its redevelopment efforts
while clean-up activities continue, EPA, DEQ, and FMC decided to implement
a multi- stakeholder involvement process for the Site. The EDA, as the
Town and Countys main economic development entity, also has joined
this process, as it will play a critical role in the redevelopment of
the Site. The model selected for the multi-stakeholder involvement process
Standard Guide to the Process of Sustainable Brownfields Redevelopment.
Although the standard was written with brownfields sites in mind, EPA,
DEQ, the EDA, and FMC have agreed that its model of a multi-stakeholder
involvement process is appropriate to use at the Site. EPA, DEQ, the
EDA, and FMCs goal is to bring together into one group all parties
who have an interest in the Site so that ideas can be shared, concerns
can be addressed, and clean-up and redevelopment efforts can be streamlined.
The group will advise EPA and DEQ throughout the clean-up process and
the redevelopment entities throughout the reuse planning process.