Vintage RedevelopmentOf all of the potential end-uses for the site of the old Diamond Shamrock Painesville Works, a vineyard and winery are probably the least expected options. In fact, when we first proposed the concept, the thought behind the quizzical looks which were generated by our idea undoubtedly was – have you been drinking? Because of its past use as a settling pond, that portion of the site was geotechnically unsuitable for heavy construction. For the past 25 years, the pond has drained and naturally re-vegetated with grasses and trees, supporting a variety of wildlife. In exploring potential end-uses consistent with Hemisphere’s development plan focusing on the site’s natural amenities, one of our scientists presented an interesting concept. Dr. William Rish, a nationally prominent risk assessor and noted wine connoisseur, determined that the soils in the former settling pond consisted primarily of limestone and calcium as a result of former soda…Log In to Read Full Article
RACER Trust’s Proving Ground Stimulates Efficiency
Judge Robert Gerber, sitting in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, signed an order in effect creating RACER Trust in March 2011. RACER — for Revitalizing Auto Communities Environmental Response — was handed a portfolio of more than 300 properties scattered over 89 locations in… Read more
Water, Water Everywhere?
While in the following pages I will recount a number of serious localized water shortages, I can tell you at the outset, this will not be another gloom-and-doom scenario to which you are treated daily in your local and national news sources. Now, in my 54th year of professional effort… Read more