The uplands present several challenges. The site has been used for a number
of different industries, from Liberty ship building during World War II, to
boilers, fabrication, warehouses, and paint formulation. During the history
of the site, massive cement structures were placed across the property, and
other contaminants were released.
Previously used industrial properties are commonly called "Brownfields".
The State has a Brownfields program to encourage the redevelopment of
property with environmental challenges, into which the Liberty Harbor
project has entered. Being a Brownfield property gives several advantages
to the developer in limiting liability and streamlining the cleanup
For the section of the site currently under construction, a Compliance
Status Report (site contamination investigation) and Corrective Action Plan
(cleanup plan) have been completed and are currently under review by the
The second part of the Liberty Harbor project, the marina, received much
more attention from the environmental organizations attending the meeting.
The marina will be very large by any standard. In addition to environmental
concerns, many questions were asked about how the marina would deal with the
seas generated during storms in St. Simons Sound.
The Liberty Harbor project is just getting underway and all the
environmental studies, construction plans, and other details are still
sketchy. We will keep you informed as this very challenging Brownfields
project moves forward.