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Wake Up and Smell the Coffee: Brownfield Dreams Meet Market Reality

Question: Dear Todd: I am the brownfield coordinator for a medium-sized city. We have identified a fifty-acre brownfield in a heavily industrialized area that seems well suited for redevelopment. Our mayor is adamant that we prioritize this property as a high-tech incubator site to “jump start” biotechnology in the city. My problem is that our city really has no biotech base or market to build on and we would essentially be starting from ground zero. I don’t think either the mayor or the economic development director get it. Any suggestions? Frustrated in the Midwest Answer: Dear Frustrated: I feel your pain! I personally have witnessed many cases where the goals and aspirations of politicians toward a brownfield property meet head on with the Mack truck of market-based reality. Usually, the outcome just isn’t pretty. Often, such political fields of dreams end up as vacant lots, even after the expenditure of…Log In to Read Full Article

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