In 2009, the US EPA awarded the City of Oakland a $200,000 “site-specific” brownfield assessment grant for use at an assemblage of eleven contiguous parcels located at the intersection of Foothill Boulevard and Seminary Avenue. Current plans call for a two-story, 35,000 sq ft retail development that is expected to create as many as 175 new jobs. The City has used the grant money to finance investigations of potential soil, groundwater, asbestos and lead paint contamination.

Following are links to the environmental assessment reports generated under this grant:

5835 Foothill Blvd Phase I
5859 Foothill Blvd Phase II
5844 Bancroft Ave Phase I
5844 Bancroft Ave Phase II
2521-2541 Seminary Ave Phase II
Foothill-Seminary Area Phase I