Brownfield Investment Initiative- West Side Investment
This project seeks to propel the revival of Laramie's oldest neighborhood which sits at the geographic heart of the community. Environmental pollution is woven into the fabric and history of this otherwise vibrant neighborhood, which today, continues to be burdened with the community's largest concentration of suspected brownfield sites. Additionally, some of the West Side neighborhood lies within the 100-year floodplain of the Laramie River, which can swell to 50 times its base flow discharge during spring snow melt, and has flooded out many residences as recently as 2010. The city is working with FEMA on flooding concerns, primarily through seasonal mitigation, assuring storm water run-off does not negatively impact the quality of the Laramie River.
With these concerns in mind, and through the implementation of the EPA Brownfield "West Side" Revitalization Project that the City of Laramie Received, the City of Laramie will incorporate site reuse option analyses and apply real estate strategies to prioritize opportunities and ensure the most feasible and beneficial sites/redevelopment areas are selected for environmental site assessment and site cleanup/reuse planning. Brownfield funding will be used to establish an effective brownfield program, engage the community and West Side stakeholders, and to create a comprehensive brownfield inventory prioritize revitalization opportunities, perform Phase I/II ESAs and conduct planning activities. With this organizational infrastructure, the City will develop a process to assess and remediate sites and facilitate public-private partnerships necessary to complete the revival of the West Side neighborhood. The project will include assessment activities at sites identified first through the inventory process, and then through Phase I ESAs and, finally, Phase II investigations.
Laramie's West Side is flanked on the east by the Union Pacific railroad and yard, and on the west side by Interstate-80. The West Side is home of Laramie's oldest brownfield properties, and also the highest concentration of assumed brownfield sites.
The goal of this project is three-fold; to propel the West Side neighborhood revitalization, improve the quality of life for neighborhood residents, and to remove any real or perceived barriers to private investment.
Recent Project Updates
The Westside Investment Project had its first open houses on July 16th from 12 - 1 PM and 6 - 7 PM at the Lincoln Community Center.
Project Details and RFQ
In addition to the numerous potential brownfield sites within the West Side neighborhood, portions of the neighborhood lie within the mapped 100-year and 500-year floodplains of the Laramie River, which can swell to 50 times its base flow, and has flooded out many residences as recently as 2010.
With these concerns in mind, the City of Laramie will incorporate site reuse option analyses and apply real estate strategies to prioritize opportunities and ensure the most feasible and beneficial sites/redevelopment areas are selected for environmental site assessment and site cleanup/reuse planning.
This project will include assessment activities at sites identified first through the inventory process, and then through Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESA) and, finally, Phase II investigations.
The City of Laramie encourages submissions that 1) enhance efficiency of City projects and ongoing operations, and/or 2) consider all energy types, including traditional and renewable sources.
Preference will be given to materials, supplies, equipment, machinery and provisions produced, manufactured, supplied or grown in Wyoming, quality being equal to articles offered by competitors outside the State.
The full Request For Qualifications document can be found here.
Timeline of Events
11/9/17: Official Project RFQ released
12/22/17: Last day for questions and comments- UPDATED: Questions and Answers can be found here
1/4/18: Proposals due at 4 p.m., local time
Week of 1/8/18: Notifications of Interviews (if required)
1/16/18: Interviews conducted (if required)
1/22/18: COL notifies staff-recommended firm
2/6/18 or 2/20/18: COL Council approves Professional Services contract
7/16/18: First Open House hosted at Lincoln Community Center. 12-1 pm AND 6-7 pm- UPDATED: Digital copies of presentation materials can be found here
DISCLAIMER: Though this project has been funded, wholly or in part, by EPA, the contents of this document do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of EPA.