Miscellaneous Sites


Wadena Lot Adopt A Lot FlyerThe goal of the Adopt-A-Lot (AAL) Pilot Program is to re-imagine the potential of vacant lots as productive community assets;  promote community interaction and cohesion through the use and stewardship of public space;  enhance environmental quality and improve quality of life;  and maximizes the use of public land for public benefit. 

Below is a list of potential allowable lot uses through the AAL Pilot Program:

  • Community hub - communal spaces for neighborhood-serving activities
  • Recreation space - temporary spaces for active and passive recreation
  • Urban agriculture - growing of edible and non-edible plants, such as vegetables and flowers
  • Clean and green - debris removal and ongoing maintenance, such as tree and shrub trimming
  • Community marketplace - community selling of food and goods
Brownfields Program's role is to provide environmental clearance by conducting due diligence to make sure there is no environmental impact, and that the proposed sites are safe for reuse.


Pico Union Community Garden

Pico Union 18Brownfields Program is working with Council District 1 on the Pico Union Remediation Project (Site). Historically, the site operated as a service station, auto repair facility and dry cleaner. Brownfields Program utilized Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grant funding to conduct a Phase II subsurface investigation and an analysis of brownfields cleanup alternatives (ABCA) at the site. The previous investigation identified soil contamination. Remediation of the site was completed in January of 2022. Approximately 590 tons of impacted soil were disposed off site as either non-hazardous waste or non-RCRA California hazardous waste. The Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), which provided regulatory oversight, issued closure for the site on June 29, 2022. The DTSC determined all appropriate response actions have been completed, all acceptable engineering practices were implemented and no further removal/remedial action is necessary. The City is planning to redevelop the site into a pocket park and community garden.


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