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About the Superfund Redevelopment Initiative

This nationally coordinated effort provides EPA and its partners with a process to return Superfund sites to productive use. Learn more at Superfund Redevelopment Initiative.

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Redevelopment at the Site

The 4.5-square mile Jacobsville Neighborhood Soil Contamination Superfund site is located in Evansville, Indiana. The site includes commercial businesses, manufacturing facilities, hospitals, schools and residences. Several manufacturing companies operated at the site beginning in the 1880s. Windborne particulates from manufacturing operations resulted in widespread contamination throughout the community.

EPA placed the site on the Superfund program’s National Priorities List (NPL) in 2004. Cleanup activities include removal of contaminated soil and backfilling these areas with clean soil. Clean also included restoration of residential properties. In 2009, the site received almost $6.6 million in American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) funds for cleanup and restoration work at the site.

As of June 2015, workers had cleaned up about 1,600 homes and sampled about 3,000 properties. When the multi-year cleanup first began in 2010, EPA’s remediation of two vacant lots in the Jacobsville neighborhood allowed a local non-profit organization, ECHO Housing Corporation, to construct a 26-unit residential building for homeless and disabled military veterans. ECHO Housing Corporation began development on the cleaned properties in 2010 and completed construction in mid-2011. Residents moved into the building in November 2011. Currently, EPA is working with ECHO Housing Corporation on another residential development for Indiana veterans.

EPA is also working with two non-profit groups – Hope In Evansville and Habitat for Humanity – to allow them to construct other affordable housing options in Evansville. After EPA cleaned up a local park in the Jacobsville neighborhood, a local Eagle Scout added landscaping and playground equipment. EPA is also supporting community gardens. The cleanup effort has not displaced any residents and offers opportunities to support residential and community initiatives.

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Economic Activity at the Site

As of December 2017, EPA did not have economic data related to on-site businesses, or economic data were not applicable due to site use. View information about redevelopment economics at Superfund sites.

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