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Perspective: Is Climate Changing for Brownfields and Redevelopment?

A Brownfield redevelopment project requires the following: land (impaired) a regulatory body, a regulated entity (developer) and people—people that live next to and near the project property, people that will live in, work at or visit the reinvented property when the project is complete. A successful Brownfield redevelopment project requires one additional ingredient: A productive relationship between these component parts. The pieces can't just exist isolated in space but must fit together well. As a consequence of a number of recent high-visibility California project/case upsets, the relationships required for successful Brownfield redevelopment projects are on potentially shaky ground. Unless attended to, practitioners should anticipate a complicated climate and a less predictable concept-to-completion regulatory path. Communities affected by these abandoned contaminated properties should expect a chilling of enthusiasm to clean and revitalize, as process/endpoint predictability is a critical element for the "go" option to be chosen in the project's "go/no-go" decision-making…Log In to Read Full Article

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