SME drafted the successful $400,000 EPA Brownfields Coalition Grant for the Noblesville Coalition in 2011 and was retained by the Coalition in 2012. The City of Noblesville received $300,000 for assessment of sites impacted with hazardous substances and $100,000 for assessment of petroleum-impacted sites.

SME performed multiple Phase I and II Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) to support the creation of Noblesville’s Federal Hill Commons Park — the site of an amphitheater, market space, splash ground and event space (former automotive service sites), and expansion of Sheridan’s Biddle Park (former glass and brick factory). We also completed a Hazardous Materials Building assessment (asbestos and lead surveys) in support of The Belfry Theater Group who plans to create a 200-seat community theater auditorium in downtown Noblesville. Assessments were completed on two sites to allow for new affordable housing buildings, which also included assessment and consulting on vapor intrusion issues.

SME also conducted a significant assessment and site characterization of the former Noblesville Foundry. Despite being utilized for industrial purposes for nearly 100 years and a myriad of complex issues, the team’s use of the assessment grant provided the purchaser with the necessary information to review risks, and complete the property transaction.

SME completed the following activities:

  • 8 Phase I ESAs
  • 13 Phase II ESAs
  • 6 Hazardous Materials Assessments (Asbestos/Lead Paint Surveys)
  • 1 Cleanup Plan
  • 1 request for State of Indiana Brownfield Comfort Letter
  • EPA Brownfields Program reporting
  • Outreach assistance to the Coalition through meetings and presentations to Coalition members, property owners and developers


Federal Hill Commons Park is a 6.5-acre urban park, which is named after its location in the Federal Hill District and incorporates the city’s history into its design. The park's grand opening was held on May 13, 2017.