King County Brownfields program no longer in operation
The King County Brownfields Program in no longer in operation. Other brownfields resources may be found at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency external link , the Washington State Department of Ecology external link and the Washington State Department of Commerce external link .
SouthEast effective development/Chubby and Tubby
SouthEast Effective Development (SEED), a nonprofit community development corporation, purchased this former gas station and Chubby and Tubby store in the Rainier Valley of South Seattle. In 2008, King County conducted a Phase II environmental site assessment on the site that found a small amount of petroleum contaminated soil that had no impacts to groundwater. SEED used this information to meet Ecology requirements for cleanup, and in 2009 redeveloped the site into a mixed-use building with 75 units of affordable housing and 5,900 square feet of new commercial/retail space.
Capitol hill housing/12th and Jefferson
In 2008, the Brownfields Program was contacted by Capitol Hill Housing (CHH), a nonprofit housing developer, about a former gas station and garage CHH wished to purchase for a mixed-use affordable housing project. King County conducted a Phase I environmental site assessment on the property which identified past uses that could have caused contamination. The county then conducted a Phase II assessment that found petroleum contamination in soil and groundwater above Washington State Department of Ecology cleanup standards. The city of Seattle, which owned the property, worked with the former operator Time Oil to clean up the site. CHH purchased the property and developed it into a mixed-use building with 40 units of affordable housing and 4,500 square feet of new commercial/retail space. The new Jefferson Building opened in October 2012.
Harborview medical center/9th and Jefferson
In 2004, King County received a $200,000 cleanup grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the Harborview Medical Center (HMC) expansion project. HMC is owned by King County and managed by the University of Washington. The county purchased a contaminated former dry cleaner property as part of the expansion and HMC performed a cleanup in 2005, removing over 13,000 tons of soil contaminated with dry cleaning solvent above Washington State Department of Ecology cleanup standards. In 2008/2009, HMC developed the 9th and Jefferson Building, a new, 14-story medical office tower that houses a number of Harborview departments, the King County Medical Examiner's Office, the Neuroscience Institute, the UW's Department of Global Health, and additional county agencies.