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HUD No. 99-143
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Or contact your local HUD officeAugust 9, 1999


WASHINGTON - Housing and Urban Development Secretary Andrew Cuomo today announced $11.75 million in assistance for Santa Fe Springs, California, to assist in the cleanup and redevelopment of a former oil refinery and tank farm property. The project will create an estimated 686 jobs and stimulate more than $136 million in additional investment.

"One of the most important challenges facing cities today is cleaning up and revitalizing abandoned industrial and commercial sites that were the engines of America's economic greatness in our past," Cuomo said. "Working in partnership with communities, we can transform these areas into generators of new jobs and new prosperity in our future."

Cuomo made the announcement today in a telephone conference call with Congresswoman Grace Napolitano and Santa Fe Springs Mayor George Minnehan.

Congresswoman Napolitano said: "I join with my local city council members in Santa Fe Springs, California, in applauding Secretary Cuomo's commitment to fostering livable communities. This brownfields redevelopment grant will transform a polluted piece of unproductive land into a clean and thriving business site providing needed jobs and an enhanced tax base for our community."

Santa Fe Springs will receive a $1.75 million Brownfields Economic Development Initiative grant and $10 million in loan guarantees to develop a new mixed-use industrial and commercial business park to be known as the Golden Springs Business Center. The center will have more than 5 million square feet of building space. By developing the site, an environmental hazard will be eliminated while allowing the start-up and expansion of businesses that will create jobs, enhance the local tax base and stimulate economic activity.

The HUD funds will be used for environmental remediation, site preparation and construction. HUD funds will leverage more than $136 million in private investment for total project cost of more than $160 million.

The Southeast Area Social Services Funding Authority will help provide training and supportive services to help people move from welfare to work. Other key participants include: City of Santa Fe Springs, Los Angeles County, Golden West Refining Company, Golden Springs Development Company, the Southeast Area Social Services Funding Authority, and the California Water Quality Control Board.

Brownfield sites include abandoned factories and other industrial facilities, gasoline stations, oil storage facilities, dry cleaning stores, and other businesses that dealt with polluting substances. Since 1993, the Clinton Administration has taken a series of actions to clean up and redevelop brownfields and return them to productive use, including: providing seed money to communities for revitalization; removing regulatory barriers to redevelopment; and providing a targeted tax incentive to businesses that purchase and clean up the sites.

The loan guarantees, also known as the Section 108 Program, provide communities with a source of financing for job creation, housing rehabilitation, and construction of public facilities and large-scale development projects.

Vice President Gore announced the Clinton Administration's Brownfields National Partnership in 1997 to bring together resources of over 20 federal agencies to address brownfield cleanup and redevelopment issues in a coordinated approach. HUD works with other federal agencies to provide communities with financial and technical assistance to revitalize brownfields.

Cuomo accompanied President Clinton last month on the President's New Markets Tour of economically distressed communities that highlighted the economic potential for investment in underserved markets. The President is proposing tax incentives and investment tools that will make it more attractive for corporate America to search for opportunities in such communities.

A recent HUD report titled New Markets: The Untapped Retail Buying Power In America's Inner Cities showed that America's inner city neighborhoods - with $331 billion in annual retail purchasing power - hold major economic potential for retail business growth. The report found:

  • Inner city neighborhoods possess enormous retail purchasing power - estimated at $331 billion last year, or one-third of the $1.1 trillion total for the central cities in which those neighborhoods are located. The report suggests that businesses not yet operating in inner cities should not ignore that large domestic market.
  • Despite their huge buying power, many inner city communities are "under-retailed," with sales that fall significantly short of residents' retail purchasing power. The report makes clear that there is a large inner city consumer market worth competing for.

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