The City of Dunn was incorporated in 1887 with majority of the
industry centered around the major rail line coming through the City center and
into the Dunn Depot. The railroad
supported the transportation of goods to and from the cotton warehouses and
later the furniture mills that sprung up in the City. As business bustled, roadway expansion
exploded. Soon a tight grid pattern of
streets began to form in the core of the downtown area. Cumberland Street served as the main gateway
into the City, with gas stations and other commercial and industrial businesses
popping up along the thoroughfare. Over
the century after construction of the Dunn Depot, the community expanded to a population
of almost 9,000. Unfortunately, in
recent years, with less reliance on the railroad and downturns in the economic
market, we have seen the closing of several businesses and manufacturing facilities.
We have a vision to revitalize the City. The vision is a homegrown vision that
includes taking the necessary steps to bring back life and the opportunity to reestablish local
financial success and growth within our community. We accomplished what we believe to be the first
of many steps towards achieving this vision when the City of Dunn was awarded
two $200,000 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) Community Wide Brownfields Assessment Grants in the fall of 2014.
The City’s Brownfields
Community Wide Assessment Grant Program
The Brownfields Community Wide Assessment Grant runs for a period
of three years - beginning in October 2014 and ending in September 2017.
funds from the Grant are intended to identify and assess underutilized
properties that represent potential hazards to human health and the
environment. Grant funds can be used to
assess petroleum and hazardous material contamination at suspect Brownfield
sites in order to help property owners plan for potential rehabilitation, and
future redevelopment and reuse.
What does the program offer property owners?
Participation in the Dunn Brownfield Program by the private sector
is voluntary. The program helps move properties towards redevelopment by
conducting Phase I and Phase II environmental site assessments and
identifying/removing the environmental risk/uncertainty associated with the
property. With the funds from the EPA, the City will be able to pay for
environmental site assessment activities on properties where the current owner
or prospective purchaser is unwilling and/or unable. Program participation is
particularly helpful where a property is perceived to have an environmental
problem, although one may not actually exist. Participation in the program in
not mandatory; that is, if the City identifies your property as a potential
Brownfield site you do NOT have to participate. In addition, not all properties
are eligible for participation under the program, and funding is limited for
assessing these properties.
city has hired Amec Foster Wheeler Environment & Infrastructure, Inc. (Amec
Foster Wheeler) to serve as the lead consultant on the project. Amec Foster Wheeler will assist the city
organizing public events and other public outreach activities. Amec Foster Wheeler is responsible for
performing environmental assessments and sampling funded through the
grant. Additionally, Amec Foster Wheeler
will help the City plan for rehabilitation, and future redevelopment and
reuse. So don’t be surprised if you
receive a letter or a phone call from Amec Foster Wheeler. They are here to help us.
addition to Amec Foster Wheeler, we have identified a group of community
members that represent the City’s Brownfield Steering Committee (BSC). The responsibilities of the BSC include:
Suggesting potential properties to be
included in the Program.
Assisting with the selection and
ranking of sites for environmental assessments.
Assisting with the development of a
detailed community involvement plan.
Assisting with the implementation of
the community involvement plan.
Making suggestions for public meeting
Making recommendations regarding
cleanup and redevelopment planning.
Assisting with marketing of the
identified sites to potential developers.
Suggesting additional representatives
to advise the BSC.