Monday, June 6, 2011

Birders - Let Your Voice Be Heard...

This is a great opportunity for the birding community to voice their concerns and ideas regarding the development of the land around the Rio Salado Audubon Center and its riparian areas.  So, don't miss it!

Community Information Session, June 7, 6 p.m., Broadway Heritage Neighborhood Resource Center, 2405 E. Broadway, Phoenix, AZ 85040 (24th street and Broadway)

The following is from the official City of Phoenix website, Home >Environment & Sustainability>LandStewardship>BrownfieldsLandRecyclingProgram> DelRioAreaBrownfieldsPlanningProject

If you live, work or are interested in what’s happening in your community, help shape the future and participate in this important planning project. Attend this meeting and learn how this project will continue to improve the quality of life in the South Mountain area.

In December 2010, Phoenix was awarded a two-year, $175,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Pilot Program to conduct brownfields planning activities. The goal of the project is to create a brownfields area plan that will help guide the redevelopment of brownfield sites within the area, direct the assessment and cleanup of sites, and identify resources available to assist with redevelopment. The project is built on public participation and will need input from citizens who live and/or work within the Del Rio and surrounding areas.

The project area, identified as the Del Rio Area, includes land between 7th Avenue and 16th Street, from the Salt River south to Broadway Road. There are at least three known brownfield sites in this brownfields-impacted area: 1) Former Del Rio Landfill, 2) Northwest corner of Central Avenue/Salt River, sand/gravel/landfill site, and 3) Vacant land east of the Rio Salado Audubon Center. The City expects that these three sites, and others identified will be considered for reuse planning, and for potential assessment, cleanup and redevelopment. The planning activities conducted under this project will consider existing and future development plans underway.

Project Schedule

Attend one of the upcoming Community Information Sessions and learn the basics of brownfields and the community activities that will take place for this planning project. Click here to view the Community Information Session Flyer. Subscribe to the electronic mailing list by clicking on Subscribe to the Del Rio Area Brownfields Planning Project link to receive meeting notices.   (Brownfields is a term used to describe real estate that is contaminated or perceived to be contaminated by hazardous substances or petroleum in soil or groundwater. Examples of brownfields are old gas stations, landfills, and abandoned industrial facilities.)

Public participation is NEEDED!

Community Information Session
6 p.m., Tuesday, June 7
Neighborhood Resource Center
2405 E. Broadway, Phoenix, AZ 85040

To RSVP, please call 602-256-5669 or email
It’s not necessary to RSVP to attend; however, we want to be sure there’s plenty of seating.

Brownfields Visioning Workshop
6 p.m., Tuesday, June 28
Rio Salado Audubon Center, 3131 S. Central Ave.

Brownfields Design Workshop
6 p.m. Tuesday, July 19
Rio Salado Audubon Center, 3131 S. Central Ave.

Brownfields Results Workshop
6 p.m., Tuesday, August 16
Rio Salado Audubon Center, 3131 S. Central Ave.

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