Historic National City

Brownfields Project (Ver en español | Basahin sa Tagalog)

The Center for Regional Sustainability (CRS) has been awarded grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) to conduct a community-wide brownfields assessment in National City, CA. 

Per the EPA, “a brownfield is a property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.” Brownfields funding from the EPA and DTSC allows for state, local governments, community-based organizations, and other stakeholders to collaborate on activities associated with the prevention, assessment, cleanup, and planning for sustainable and equitable reuse of brownfields. 

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CRS has been collaborating with the City of National City and many of the community-based organizations in the area for many years, through the Sage Project and other related initiatives. We are thrilled to continue this collaboration to make a real difference for the community. The city’s long history of industrial activity, proximity to freeways, and mixed and often in-compatible land uses have created multiple paths for environmental contamination and many brownfields. The mission of this project is to address environmental issues through environmental assessment and planning for reuse. 

These grants support identification and prioritization of brownfields sites in National City, CA, environmental site assessments at brownfields sites, and brownfields reuse planning. Grant funds also will be used to support community engagement activities. The target area for this grant is a 158-acre district in the City of National City that has been designated as the "Downtown Specific Plan Area." This area is a historically underserved community with a history of different land uses, some of which has led to environmental contamination. 

Four priority sites have been identified for environmental site assessments, shown below. Additional sites will also be identified following a comprehensive inventory of brownfields in the city.

former welding shop in National City
Welding Shop

140 W 18th St., National City, CA 91950

former education center in National City
Former Ed Center

921 National City Blvd., National City, CA 91950

former site of Steamed Bean in National City
Steamed Bean

929 National City Blvd., National City, CA 91950

vacant lot on A Avenue in National City
Vacant Lot

1028 A Ave., National City, CA 91950

A Brownfields Advisory Committee, which is made up of several local non-profit and government stakeholders, will partner with CRS to guide our work and play a critical role in community engagement activities and in prioritizing additional sites for environmental site assessment. Committee members include representatives from the Environmental Health Coalition (Monserrat Hernández), the South County Economic Development Council (James O’Callaghan), and the Urban Land Institute (Chris Clark and Tatiana Perez).

Our site nomination activity has ended. We will be posting our completed inventory here soon.

View our StoryMap, created by Carson McKinstry and Jason Woo. 

Our Community Engagement Plan was developed with input from our Brownfields Advisory Committee and the broader National City community. Follow our progress by reviewing our Community Engagement Fact Sheet.

Meet Our Team

Jessica Barlow
Jessica Barlow

Principal Investigator
Email: [email protected]

Madison Swayne
Madison Swayne

Co-Principal Investigator
Email: [email protected]

Matthew Twyman

Matthew Twyman
GIS Technician
[email protected]

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