For many years, the City of East Palo Alto worked with Federal, State and non-profit partners to turn an eighty-year-old toxic burn dump into a community park. Over the span of fifteen years, the Federal partners provided both financial and in-kind support to address brownfields assessment and redevelopment issues throughout town. With time running out on Federal in-kind technical support, the city was concerned that they would not have the cost-effective and targeted technical expertise necessary to address the complicated issues of redeveloping the burn dump into a nine-acre bayfront nature park.
CCLR provided technical assistance to guide the city in formulating a job description and salary range, and in evaluating candidates to retain an expert capable of overseeing the technical work.
The city received several viable candidates and selected the right person to lead remediation and redevelopment, and in 2011 the City of East Palo Alto broke ground to cleanup and restore the site.
Apart from financial assistance, effective remediation and redevelopment requires an expert team and person to carry out the project within time and budget. Many cities need guidance through the selection process.