Brewed AwakeningEarly in 2011, Joe Kuosman, Ben Self, Robin Sither and Brady Barlow searched for a location for the craft brewery they wanted to open in Lexington, Kentucky. The men knew they wanted their business to be in a neighborhood near downtown, be environmentally friendly and sustainable. By August, the partners found the perfect site in the city's historic Northside Neighborhood, at the corner of Sixth and Jefferson streets. The place they chose to establish their West Sixth Brewing Company was the former Rainbo Bread Company, a brownfield site. West Sixth's owners say they were excited to be able to locate their brewery in such a great neighborhood and looked forward to breathing life into the huge building, which had been unoccupied for so long. Besides being close to downtown, the old Rainbo building was not overly expensive. Fortunately, it already had a cooler in the back, floor drains and industrial…Log In to Read Full Article
A Mill(ion) Dollar Opportunity
The transformed complex has brought millions of dollars in new business investments to the community’s struggling economy. I think what really made this mill redevelopment project was the city’s bold, innovative and courageous strategy in taking the property for back taxes without really knowing what the environmental and other liability… Read more
Waterfront Brownfields 2.0
No longer can politicians talk about rediscovering their city’s neglected waterfront; half a century after cities such as Pittsburgh and Baltimore had their first waterfront redevelopment a trend is well established, growing and adapting to new economics, increased sustainability concerns, and a wide range of community priorities. Place-making, vibrant mixed… Read more
Connect & Conquer!
Timing and luck often factor into the success of brownfield redevelopments, but that does not tell the whole tale. Brownfield projects—even the small ones—are often complex, demanding, frustrating and costly to the communities they are located in. Communities can no longer depend on the responsible parties addressing the sites, they… Read more