• Rockford, Ill.: Modernizing a Century–Old Community Landmark

  • RE3 Focus: Pennoni On Leading Edge of Sub-Slab Depressurization

  • Using GIS To Decipher Large-Scale Remediation Projects

  • Right Place, Right Time


August 2006

Short Shorts: News to Use
Brownfield Briefs
Short Shorts: News to Use

BEDI Reauthorization Milestone In a 286 to 130 vote on June 16, the House of Representatives restored funding for HUD’s Brownfields Economic Development Initiative (BEDI) program. The bipartisan amendment provides $15 million for the BEDI grants in the Transportation, Treasury and HUD appropriations bills. Supreme Court Wetlands Decision The U.S.…Read more

Editor's Letter
Letters to the Editor

That IS How You Spell “Relief” My compliments on Chris Olson’s article in the June issue of Brownfield News. In particular, his #3 — Flip Side of Prospective Purchasers Agreements — makes sense and I enjoyed his use of a logical and clever analogy of long vs. short stock sell.…Read more

It’s Like a Box of Chocolates
It’s Like a Box of Chocolates

Dear Todd, I need to pick a team for a large brownfield development project, but I am totally baffled by the marketing in the industry. I have heard pitches from several environmental consulting firms saying they can do my development and from developers saying they can bring in the right…Read more

On the Anniversary of Kelo

Will more sprawl come as a result of the groundswell of opposition to the use of eminent domain to revive blighted and contaminated sites in our cities and towns? The Kelo v. City of New London Supreme Court case, and former Supreme Court Judge Sandra Day O’Conner’s dissent, created a frenzied…Read more

Feature Focus
Brownfield and Demolition Industries Work in Tandem

The redevelopment of environmentally impaired properties often includes demolition. Property owners, developers, planners, architects, environmental engineering contractors and government agencies are turning to the demolition industry when revitalizing sites. Fortunately, most of today’s demolition specialists possess the skill set needed to clean up brownfield sites. Many demolition contractors are regularly…Read more

Feature Focus
Reclaiming Land for Golf

I have heard it all when it comes to designing a golf course on a brownfield: Can you design the methane stacks as hazards on the course? If you take a divot, is there an explosion? Although those questions are easily answered with a simple shake of the head and…Read more

Feature Focus
The Valuation of Parkland

The valuation of parkland today is increasingly needed in light of the growing mandate for municipalities, forest preserve districts and conservation not-for-profits to preserve and increase open space or “green space” within their boundaries. The appraiser’s particular problem in the market valuation of parkland is determining the property’s highest and…Read more

Industrial Redevelopment
The Olympic Dating Game

London 2012's state-of-the-art Olympic Park will be built primarily on a brownfield and span the borders of four boroughs. When Joan Wales, BP’s VP of strategy and planning remediation management, spoke of speed dating at the International Brownfield Summit in Niagara Falls, Ontario, in June, she wasn’t referring to the…Read more

Brownfield Program Reauthorization Process Kicked Off

The Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act provided the U.S. EPA brownfield program with a Congressional mandate along with funding and procedural tools — and authorized it for five years, a period which draws to close September 30, 2006. Congress has given every indication that the program will…Read more

Regional Report
Canadian Briefs

National News The Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME) recently published its Recommended Principles on Contaminated Sites Liability. The updated version includes a new principle which allows for the possible transfer of environmental regulatory liability for a contaminated site from the seller to the buyer, under specific conditions…Read more

Regional Report
East Briefs

Massachusetts Smart Growth Massachusetts reported the Brownfields Redevelopment Fund has been chaptered into law as Chapter 148 of the Acts of 2006. $30 million will be added to the fund. Governor Romney had amended the portions of the economic stimulus bill pertaining to brownfields, but the legislature rejected his amendment…Read more

Regional Report
Muskegon, Michigan: A Traveler’s Delight

The City of Muskegon, Michigan, has been regenerating itself. Surrounded by Muskegon Lake and Lake Michigan, it began its economic boom in the mid-nineteenth century. It was originally a lumber town, became a World War I and II industrial center, and is now a mecca where midwesterners live, work and…Read more

Regional Report
N BA STAMPs Out Blight in Mantua

The N BA (N BA) recently piloted Site Technical Assistance for Municipal Properties (STAMP) in Mantua Township, New Jersey. The township was chosen by the N BA to receive technical redevelopment advice and assistance on a brownfield property under a new program the N BA developed with pilot funding from…Read more

Regional Report
New Florida Law Signed

On June 22, 2006, Governor Bush signed legislation overhauling Florida’s brownfield program and, in doing so, placed Florida first in the nation in terms of the amount of corporate income tax credits available for the redevelopment of brownfields. Under the new program, developers who incur costs cleaning up a site…Read more

Regional Report
Pocket Parks a Solution for Tiny Spaces

Elizabeth, New Jersey, is enjoying restored traffic islands thanks to a collaboration between Groundwork Elizabeth, the City of Elizabeth and other groups. Groundwork Elizabeth, as part of a network of Groundwork USA Trusts, has as its mission “improving places, improving lives.” Their projects have not only upgraded the beauty of…Read more

Regional Report
Superfund Applies to International Companies

A federal court ruled that U.S. Superfund law applies to Teck Cominco Metals of Canada, even though the pollution that occurred in Washington state originated in Canada. This decision was filed recently in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Seattle. Two members of the Colville Tribe filed the original…Read more

Regional Report
The Go Coast: Sandusky, Ohio

The City of Sandusky, Ohio, is located on the southernmost shore of Lake Erie and is the gateway to the Lake Erie Islands. The shallow depth of the lake allows it to warm up and creates great recreational opportunities including boating, swimming and fishing. Sandusky is the home of Cedar…Read more

Regional Report
The Lawsuit Trigger

Urban developers have grown more sophisticated in brownfield risk management. One risk management tool — pollution liability insurance — is touted by insurers to protect a developer’s interests. However, some environmental insurance policies contain a hidden coverage gap. If you do not fix the gap before the policy is issued…Read more

Regional Report
West Briefs

Smart Growth Around America reported that voters in Napa County, California, rejected by a wide margin a measure that would have required governments to pay to enforce planning, zoning and environmental protections, or waive the rules. The measure was a near-carbon copy of Oregon’s Measure 37. However, a similar statewide…Read more

Regional Report
Your 2008 Vacation: Lakeview Bluffs

Lakeview Bluffs, a regional sports resort community planned for a 1,100 acre brownfield site along Lake Erie in Lake County, Ohio, is the brainchild of IMG, the world’s largest sports marketing and management agency, and Hemisphere Development LLC. “Cleveland, where IMG was founded in 1960, is a great location for…Read more

Thank Technology for Brownfield Vacation Spots

Technology has had a significant role in making brownfield redevelopments safe for vacationers. For this issue, I polled my brownfield colleagues at URS and found some great examples of formerly contaminated sites that are now ideal for recreation. Visit one this summer! Have a picnic in a city park. Relaxing in…Read more

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