Steven Azar is Raising the BarMaybe Steven Azar should be the Brownfield Renewal “people” of the year, yet Azar humbly reports that he is simply a part of an incredible team and administration—starting at the top with Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone. But that said, Mr. Azar’s multi-functional workflow is in many ways nonpareil. Azar's professional “hats” are numerous. He started in the private sector: after studying environmental engineering at the Wentworth Institute of Technology, he began working for CH2M Hill, Inc. as a project engineer. He focused on the remediation, permitting, design and construction efforts behind the redevelopment of industrial sites into modern, mixed-use commercial communities. This unique perspective made him the perfect prospect for city government. In 2008, Azar joined the City of Somerville, Mass., as part of Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone’s Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development. His experience as a developer, broker, planner and environmental engineer, helped him to move quickly…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