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February 2007

Letters and News
 
Brownfield Briefs
Letters and News

Letter to the Editor Brownfield News is to be complimented on its excellent “Doing the Deal” issue. The details provided about brownfield development, generally, and the specifics of Mantua Township’s approach, provided real insights that will be invaluable to any serious brownfield redeveloper. N BA’s Site Technical Assistance for Municipal…Read more

 
Development
Brownfield Risk and Return

Would you parachute from an airplane for fun? If not for fun, would you jump for money? Your answer to these questions is based on an unconscious balancing of risk and reward. Some people would jump just for the thrill. Others wouldn’t do it for any amount of money. That…Read more

 
Editor's Letter
10 Years After: Time to Change the Debate Terminology

This issue reflects on how far we have come in the brownfield industry and at this magazine over the past 10 years. And this column makes one proposal for the next 10 years, one that involves a shift in catch phrases. Let’s change the debate from “the polluter pays” to…Read more


 
Environmental
National Brownfield Forecast

Ten years after the start of the federal Brownfields Initiative and five years since enactment of the national Brownfields Law, 2007 provides a vantage point for looking toward the future of national brownfield efforts and the brownfield market. The collective accomplishments under the brownfield banner have surpassed all expectations. EPA’s…Read more

 
Environmental
The Hazards of Hindsight

The redevelopment of contaminated properties is vital to the economic growth and development of the nation’s urban and industrialized areas. For developers, the process of preparing a brownfield property for reuse can be expensive and complicated. As prime brownfield properties are redeveloped, developers are forced to turn to less desirable…Read more

 
Guest Op / Ed
Bullish on the Brownfields Market

I’m bullish on the brownfields market for the next decade. The confluence of a number of important factors has set the next stage in the evolution of this market. I see these factors and their impact on transactions every day, and they are affecting all four major brownfield stakeholders—property owners,…Read more

 
Industrial Redevelopment
A Brownfield Gone Bright

Brockton, Massachusetts, a former industrial town of nearly 94,000 people, has certainly had its share of fame and notoriety. It is the birthplace of heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano and the setting for the apprehension of Sacco and Vanzetti, the Italian immigrants arrested for alleged robbery and murder in 1920. Photo…Read more


 
Industrial Redevelopment
There’s Gold in Them Brownfields

It was a combination of luck and financial hardship that propelled Gold Hill Mesa CEO Robert Willard from a supporting role as financier to the lead character in what could be considered an epic battle between developer and bureaucrat, with tension from a corporate buyout thrown in for additional effect.…Read more

 
Owner's
We’ve Come a Long Way, Baby

Remember the old Virginia Slims cigarette commercials that showed circa 1920 movie footage of women armed with picket signs, demanding the right to vote? We look back at historical events such as this and marvel at how far we’ve come. The same can be said of the brownfield industry. Producing…Read more

 
Policy
A Decade of Brownfields: A Marketplace Enters Adulthood

The end of 2006 marked a number of milestones in the history of brownfields: The estimated 60,000th brownfield property went through a state voluntary cleanup program (VCP) on its way to revitalization; The federal brownfields law finished its first five-year run, and awaits reauthorization; A ruling on Fleet Factors, the…Read more

 
Regional Report
An Education in Contamination

A multi-million dollar school set to be built near a contaminated site is at the center of controversy in a small Florida community, raising issues of environmental injustice. State bureaucrats recently greenlighted construction of the school on a non-contaminated portion of arsenic-tainted farmland near the town of Sanford, Fla. Florida…Read more


 
Regional Report
California UST Fund Facilitates Brownfield Cleanup

California, like some other states, has established a fund to help owners and operators of petroleum underground storage tanks (USTs) investigate and remediate contamination emanating from USTs. The California UST Cleanup Fund requires owners of petroleum USTs to pay a per gallon fee to the fund, set at .014 cents…Read more

 
Regional Report
Connecticut Gingerly Opens Doors to Brownfield Redevelopment

Brownfields were the surprise winner in last year’s legislative session in Connecticut. The Connecticut General Assembly enacted two significant environmental laws that provide resources and create incentives for the private sector to clean up brownfields and put them into use. Most prominently, An Act Concerning Brownfields, Public Act No. 06-184,…Read more

 
Regional Report
Early Finish for Fernald

One of the largest environmental restoration projects in history has been completed ahead of schedule. The former Fernald, Ohio, uranium production plant had been the focus of a massive cleanup program since 1992. Though early estimates projected completion in 2019, at a projected cost of $12.2 billion, the project was…Read more

 
Regional Report
Liability Concerns Slow Brownfield Redevelopment

Many municipalities across the province of Ontario are anxious to see abandoned brownfield properties back on the active tax rolls. There are few worries that prospective condo buyers will not line up for a chance at a prime downtown or lakefront residence, even if they’re located on a former industrial…Read more


 
Special Focus
Closed Landfills: Assets in Disguise

For years, conventional wisdom has held that the only suitable uses for a closed landfill were passive recreation and managed open space. Times have changed. In the last 20 years, astute developers have successfully completed scores of landfill redevelopment projects. All indications suggest that the trend will continue and accelerate…Read more

 
Special Focus
Debunking Brownfield Myths

Like most mythologies, the Greek myths are fraught with seemingly unmanageable tasks and associated risks. Brownfields, too, come burdened by their own risks, many of which can seem overwhelming at times, and there are as many myths surrounding the task of redevelopment. In fact, the purchase of a brownfield property…Read more

 
Technology
Future of Brownfield Technology

Recounting the last 10 years of the brownfield industry, this article looks back at the role technology played in the then-burgeoning field of brownfields, and makes a few projections about its future role in a more mature brownfield market. And, it considers technology in the broadest possible way, certainly as…Read more


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