What is a Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment?

 

A Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment should be an integral step in acquiring commercial and/or industrial property.   So what is a Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment, sometimes referred to as a “Phase 1 or a Phase 1 ESA”? 

A Phase 1 ESA is a report that summarizes a site visit and records review of a property and its surrounding area to determine if any additional environmental investigation is warranted to understand the liability risks associated with the identified property.  

Below is a quick summary of key activities generally associated with a Phase 1 report: 

PURPOSE

The purpose of a Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment is to use a consistent systematic approach to identify any existing or potential environmental conditions that may be present or affect a real estate property. 

The process of completing a Phase 1 ESA has four components: 

  1. Records Review
    • Chain of title review. What has the property been used for in the past? Are there any uses that raise a red flag based on past usage?
    • Determine surrounding land use. This can be a very important part of the assessment as the risk of contamination can increase significantly if the surrounding area or properties have documented or potential contamination.
    • Historical aerial photograph review. A report will almost always include historical aerial photographs to review a time-line for development of the property as well as surrounding properties.
    • Agency contacts and related record searches. Agencies such as fire departments, local health departments, petroleum tank management associations, water departments, etc., generally are contacted in order to gather current and historical pertinent information concerning the property and the neighboring area.
  2. Site Reconnaissance
  • A visual inspection of the property and improvements plays an important role in a Phase 1 ESA.
  • The confines of the building(s) are inspected and property boundary measurements observed. The focus of a Phase 1 inspection is environmental and does not include the structure or any of the systems of the building
  • Photographs are taken of the property.
  • No physical testing or sampling is conducted during a phase 1 assessment
  1. Interviews
  • Interviews will be conducted with anyone who may have information that would help with the report. For example, past and present property managers, tenants and owners
  • If there is concern over surrounding properties, interviews may be conducted with people who have been or are involved with that property.
  • Agencies contacted above such as fire departments, local health departments, petroleum tank management associations, water departments, etc., generally are contacted in order to gather current and historical pertinent information concerning the property and the neighboring area.
  1. Report
  • Documentation. Findings, opinions and conclusions must be supported by documentation to facilitate the assessment.
  • Scope of Services.  The report will describe all services preformed in detail to allow for another party to reconstruct the work completed during the investigation.
  • Findings.  The Findings section indentifies known or suspected recognized environmental conditions.
  • Opinion.  Includes the environmental professional’s opinions of the impact on the property of conditions indentified in the Findings Section.
  • Additional Investigations.  The environmental professional should include an opinion if any additional investigations are necessary to further clarify any findings that may indicate there are environmental concerns.
  • Data Gaps.  Should there be any significant data gaps that affect the ability to evaluate the property these need to be indentified and commented on.
  • Conclusions.  Provides a summary all recognized environmental conditions connected with the property.

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Board gives push to zoning change

 

By The Reading Eagle Company

The Perry Township Planning Commission is recommending that the township rezone a 15-acre parcel at Routes 61 and 662 to commercial from light industrial.

The 4-1 vote Wednesday begins to pave the way for a retail complex on the northeast corner of the intersection. Edward J. Walsh IV of McCarthy Engineering Associates, West Lawn, said Shoemakersville developer Eugene Bell hopes to build several stores and retail shops at the northeast corner.
The other corners are zoned commercial and have restaurants and a convenience store with gas pumps.

Walsh said Bell owns 38 more acres and they would remain zoned light industrial.

The land is adjacent to a residential development, proposed by Bell, of more than 100 units.

Planner Nancy A. Rogers voted against the rezoning, but did not say why. Planners Richard A. Furnanage and Alton Rohrbach were not present.

In other business, township Engineer Joseph H. Body said that preliminary plans for a commercial center just west of Route 61 are not ready for approval.

Body said a proposed design for the 16-acre parcel, just north of the former Boyer’s Food Market and near the Shoemakersville pool, needs to show improved access for tractor trailers.

“If people can’t get in, the business will lose out,” he said.
Grant T. Smith, senior project manager with Stackhouse Bensinger Inc., Sinking Spring, said that the plan design would be revised.

Smith said the Federal Emergency Management Agency recently approved the building of a planned driveway across a stream tributary just east of Market Street.

Owner-developer Scott G. Homel of Jenkintown, Montgomery County, said he has reserved sewage treatment capacity at the Shoemakersville sewage treatment plant and wants to proceed with the project as soon as possible.

A convenience store and pharmacy are planned on the tract, he said.

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Bryan E. Cole | Team Leader
NAI Keystone Commercial & Industrial, LLC
direct: 610-370-8502
Bcole@naikeystone.com

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NAI Keystone is a full service commercial and industrial real estate firm located in Reading PA; representing buyer, tenant, and landlord representation throughout Pennsylvania.