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Celebrities who Champion Brownfield Projects - Arnold Schwarzenegger: A Golden State for Brownfields

With his larger-than-life persona, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger makes no small plans, especially when it comes to the environment. And brownfield redevelopment has been on the “Governator’s” agenda since he was first elected to lead California in 2003. In 2004, Schwarzenegger signed into law a bill that lessened restrictions on brownfield redevelopment and reduced developers’ liability, and in 2006 he approved legislation to limit liability risks when cleanup costs end up being greater than a property’s value. Today, under Schwarzenegger’s direction, state agencies are actively involved in major brownfield projects, including The Railyards development in Sacramento and The Boulevards at South Bay in Carson. The Railyards, which Schwarzenegger has called a “spectacular project,” is a multi-phased brownfield infill that will create a new downtown neighborhood of mixed-use, high-density housing on the former location of the Transcontinental Railroad’s western terminus. The 244-acre site was later used for production of engines, cars,…Log In to Read Full Article

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