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New Beginnings: Multi-Million Dollar Apartment Complex Opens

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Published on May 15, 2012

On May 11th DTSC joined local officials and nonprofits groups to celebrate the opening of a multimillion dollar apartment complex in San Jose. DTSC's remediation effort and a grant of $525,000 cleared the way for this development.


Video Script:

Orvieto Family Complex -- Brownfield Success Story

Nats of Ceremony

SOT of Socorro Michel -- Orvieto Family Complex resident
Since the first day I really liked the place a lot.

VO:
Those few words sum up why the Department of Toxic Substances Control is working hard to protect people and the environment across California.

SOT from Tom Cota - DTSC
We're really affecting people's lives doing these types of clean ups.

VO:
The Department is constantly involved in revitalizing abandoned toxic sites throughout California. It's hard work that involves collaborating with various public and private agencies but the payoff priceless: new homes, store fronts and parks that local residents can use and enjoy.

SOT of Socorro Michel -- Orvieto Family Complex resident
In here...it's more convenient for me. It's got more grocery stores and bus stops.

VO:
Here in San Jose, this abandoned site is being transformed into 92 affordable homes. It's part of the new Orvieto Family complex and these residents can't be happier.

SOT of Sally Baker -- Orvieto Family Complex resident
It just feels great to be able to go home...you know and again its home. My own home...just be able to open the door and walk in and sit on the couch and not have to worry about anything. It feels great to have that security.

NATS of excavation

VO:
But even before a single brick is laid DTSC has already been hard at work....spending months supervising the cleanup and removal of lead and other toxic chemicals from this 1.7 acre portion of the site.

SOT of Jonathan Emami -- ROEM Corporation
It was very important that upfront we got involved with DTSC early on and they had the right consultants on board to test what was in the soil and identify what needed to be taken out. Without it we couldn't have been able to develop the residential housing out here.

VO:
Making toxic land productive is a cornerstone of the environmental agenda...and DTSC spends millions of dollars restoring thousands of acres across California; The Sacramento courthouse, Santa Clara's Rivermark development, and an Ikea built on a former steel manufacturing plant in Emeryville, were once brownfield sites. Now, they're redeveloped and generating money for their local economies.

SOT of Tom Coda -- DTSC
Our job is to determine where that contamination occurred; the extent of the contamination, basically, how big is the box? What's inside the box? And then once we define extent of the contamination...how are we going to clean it up? And we have to do it in a safe and protective manner.

VO:
Restoring brownfields creates local jobs in construction, science, engineering and consulting... Stimulating the local economy...and today...

NATS of ribbon cutting

VO:
...providing new homes for families to enjoy.

SOT of Sally Baker -- Orvieto Family Complex resident
When you live in a stable atmosphere it's easy to achieve more. It's your starting point...it's your base.

End Slate:
California DTSC - We See a greener future
(animate to DTSC out )

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