SME worked with the City of Muncie, Indiana to draft a successful U.S. EPA Brownfields Coalition Assessment grant application for $591,600. SME secured the contract for the work in 2012 and conducted the following activities:

  • Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP)
  • Brownfields Inventories for the City of Muncie, the Town of Yorktown, and Delaware County Coalition
  • Community Outreach: Coalition members, city/towns in Delaware County, property owners and developers
  • 28 Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) - several sites had multiple Phase I assessments for prospective purchaser use
  • 12 Phase II ESAs
  • 5 Asbestos/Lead Paint Surveys
  • 2 Cleanup Plans
  • 5 Requests for Indiana Brownfields Program Comfort Letters through the Indiana Department of Environmental Management

Local efforts to clean up two former brownfields sites in Muncie began decades ago. The sites occupied about 51 acres and contained former landfills, vacant and blighted buildings, and former industrial foundation slabs. SME conducted Phase I and Phase II site assessments and hazardous materials site investigations utilizing EPA grant funds to identify environmental conditions and limit liability for future developers and prospective purchasers.

Significant components of the redevelopment plan include Kitselman Trailhead (a new eastern gateway to the City of Muncie), Muncie Arts & Culture Trail, and the Kitselman Pure Energy Park (KPEP) Redevelopment, which includes a new electric construction vehicle manufacturing and research and development park. The Kitselman Trailhead will occupy 18 acres on the former King Indiana Forge and Indiana Steel & Wire sites, and will link Indiana’s longest trail, the 62-mile Cardinal Greenway, with the White River Trail and the Muncie Arts & Culture Trail. A centerpiece of the redevelopment is the installation of historic Bridge 85, known as the Albany Bridge. Installed at the trailhead, it will provide a pedestrian crossing over the White River that will both reference days gone by and acknowledge a bright future ahead for Muncie, Indiana.