Superfund Site Profile
The Jacksonville Ash Site includes three separate areas in Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida.
- Forest Street Incinerator
- 5th & Cleveland Incinerator, and
- Lonnie C. Miller, Sr. Park.
The Forest Street Incinerator part of the site covers about 370 acres near U.S. Interstate 95 in a mixed residential/commercial area. Surrounding land uses include McCoy’s Creek to the north; single-family homes to the south and west; a mix of commercial and industrial businesses to the southeast; and U.S. Interstate 95 to the east. A 10.5-acre portion of the area includes the former location of an incinerator facility, portions of Forest Street Park and Forest Park Head Start School which has been closed and demolished.
The 5th & Cleveland Incinerator portion of the site covers approximately 520 acres adjacent to U.S. Interstate 95 in a primarily residential area. Land uses on site include single-family homes, multi-family apartments and four schools. A 9-acre portion of the area also includes the Emmet Reed Community Center, Emmet Reed Park and a new tennis facility.
The Lonnie C. Miller, Sr. Park portion of the site covers about 250 acres in a residential area. The park is located less than one quarter-mile northeast of U.S. Highway 1. Land uses include single-family homes to the north, south and east and commercial businesses to the west. The Ribault River is located just east of the park.
The Forest Street Incinerator and the 5th & Cleveland Incinerator operated as the City of Jacksonville’s municipal solid waste incinerators from 1910 until the 1960s. The City of Jacksonville disposed of combustion ash, clinker and ash residues on the incinerator properties and ash spread to some of the surrounding areas, as well as on the land that was later redeveloped into the Lonnie C. Miller, Sr. Park. After incinerator operations ended, uses on the Lonnie C. Miller, Sr. Park site included a construction debris depository, a quail farm and a junkyard. Current land uses include residential, commercial, recreational and public service applications. Residential areas include low-income housing units.
In addition to the Jacksonville Ash site, the EPA Superfund program oversees three more sites located in Jacksonville: Brown’s Dump, Kerr-McGee Chemical, LLC and Pickettville Road Landfill.
TOPICS IN FOCUS
In December 2015, EPA Region 4 Superfund Division Director, Franklin E Hill gave five (5) Superfund “Excellence in Reuse” awards to the City of Jacksonville, a private individual and three private developers. Hill awarded these individuals for their reuse applications of properties, cleaned up during the Jacksonville Ash and Brown’s Dump remedial actions. This event took place at the MaliVai Washington Tennis Center.
Dr. Charles Moreland is the Jacksonville Director of Community Affairs. He received two (2) awards for city-owned properties redeveloped: the MaliVai Washington Youth Tennis Center at Emmett Reed Park and the Animal Care and Protective Services facility in Forest Park.
Dr. Rhonda Addo received an award for her work at the former Mary McLeod Bethune School property at the Brown’s Dump Site. The property is being turned into the Mt. Sinai Missionary Holiness Church and Community Center.
Three “Excellence in Reuse” awards were presented to private developers with the completion of The Brooklyn Riverside apartment complex. Pollack Shores Real Estate Group developed the apartment complex. The completion of the retail center at Brooklyn Station on Riverside received the second award. Regency Centers developed the center. Lastly, the mixed use residential/retail 220 Riverside with the Unity Plaza urban park won the last award. NAI Hallmark Partners developed the park.
Future redevelopment is being planned for the Lonnie Miller Park area of the Jacksonville Ash Site with a proposed sports complex with soccer fields, baseball diamonds, and basketball courts.