• 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


May 2003

South Side Works for Pittsburgh
Case Study
South Side Works for Pittsburgh

Site name: South Side Works Location: Pittsburgh Owner: Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) Lot size: 123-acre riverfront site Number of buildings: 28 total, not all are completed Current zoning: Mixed-use Past use/Reuse: Industrial-steel plant, water company, lumberyards, manufactured gas operations Redevelopment opportunity: URA purchased the former LTV Steel S…Read more

Affordable Housing and Smart Growth: Brownfields at Work in San Diego

A few months ago, the city of San Diego adopted several strategies to address the city’s lack of affordable housing. One highly controversial strategy is the “inclusionary housing ordinance” that requires developers of new projects to set aside 10 percent of all new units to low- and moderate-income units. An…Read more

Applying EPA’s “Triad Approach” for Accelerated Characterization in New Jersey

As part of an effort to evaluate innovative approaches for cutting environmental investigation costs at brownfield sites, the EPA’s Triad Approach was recently used at two brownfield sites that are part of the Assunpink Creek Greenway Project in Trenton, N.J. The Triad Approach combines systematic planning, dynamic work plan preparation,…Read more

The Definition of Waste

Here in Washington we are accustomed to government waste. It is part of our proud culture. But when it comes to the EPA, it is particularly troubling to see scarce resources used on collateral or trivial matters. EPA observers have been clucking about a recent memorandum from the EPA enforcement…Read more

Using Brownfields

Retailing has been divided between market-based sales methods and distributive methods. That is, it has been divided between “you go to them” and “they come to you” sale strategy. The earliest “markets”—the land where nomadic, hunter-gatherer societies lived—were you go to them markets. People went out into the land and…Read more

Who’s Monitoring Land Use?

End-use is driving cleanup as both federal and state environmental agencies have okayed remediation that cleans a site to levels suited to particular kinds of reuse. Over the past few years that has opened the door to using land use controls to protect against future exposure to the contamination remaining…Read more

First Person
Brokering Risk, Redevelopment and Reality

Significant inroads have been made to facilitate brownfield redevelopment and this progress is helping to reverse the once commonly held idea that cleaning up contaminated sites is too difficult to finance, intolerably hindered by regulators, and laden with endless potential liability. Across the nation, brownfields are being restored to productive…Read more

First Person
Trapped in the Superfund Liability Box

The first four words of the brownfield bill signed into law last January brought hope to those of us who still own small businesses that are or might be environmentally contaminated. Unfortunately, the Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act offers us very little help. I am stunned by…Read more

Industrial Redevelopment
Industry Watch

Federal News EPA All Appropriate Inquiry Committee On April 28, the EPA held the first meeting to create a standard for all appropriate inquiry under the Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfield Revitalization Act. A cross section of interest groups has been invited to participate in negotiating the rule. The…Read more

Industrial Redevelopment
Pioneering the Environmentally Contaminated Real Estate Market

Because LandBank is a pioneer in the evolving brownfields industry. Brownfield News asked company co-founder Bill Lynott to reflect on the firm’s early roots, the industry’s evolution and its future. My partner, Stuart Miner, and I spent more than 20 years as environmental consultants to corporate America. In 1995, the…Read more

Fixed Price Remediation

Background/History The Crosstown Center Development site located in Boston occupies six acres and currently consists of a 50,000 square foot building, paved parking lots, a basketball court, landscaped areas, and a concrete emergency helicopter landing pad serving the adjacent Boston Medical Center. Historically, several lead manufacturing companies, including paint pigment…Read more

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