Project Merit: Community Revitalization

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Sullivan International Group, Inc. (San Diego, CA) for its support to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 9 office and the California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) in their efforts to identify opportunities for neighborhood revitalization through the cleanup of abandoned gas station sites in the I-710 corridor in Los Angeles County. At one site, in the city of Bellflower, Sullivan’s provided assistance in the redevelopment of a former fueling and service station into a restaurant. The city’s plans for redeveloping the site, which had been abandoned for decades, had been halted by the discovery of underground storage tanks (USTs) on the property. Sullivan helped identify the site through its outreach efforts and assisted the city in accessing federal site-assessment funding, thus enabling the redevelopment project to move forward as part of downtown Bellflower’s Revitalization Vision Strategy, for which the city received a “Neighborhood Planning Award” from the American Planning Association in 2012. As a result of the project’s success, Sullivan has been tasked with expanding such community revitalization efforts state-wide under the Abandoned Storage Tank Initiative.