• 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


July 2002

Assessing the Local Programs
Brownfield Briefs
Assessing the Local Programs

It’s Friday afternoon, the mayor’s chief of staff calls and asks you to prepare a report with specific facts and figures about how many brownfield properties have been cleaned to date, how many private sector dollars have been invested into redevelopment of brownfield properties in the city, how much in…Read more

Mixed Site Remediated for Mixed-Use
Case Study
Mixed Site Remediated for Mixed-Use

Case Study: Erie Front Street Project Site Name: Erie Front Street Project Location: Erie, Pennsylvania Previous owner/developer: GPU Energy (2000) Current owner: Nick Scott, Erie, Pa. Lot size: 33.5 acres (20 separate parcels) Number of buildings: 2 currently constructed (State Library and Maritime Museum).. Hotel and Convention Center, retail and…Read more

Canadian Corner - Around the Table with Brownfields

Just like the Americans did several years ago, Canadians are beginning to recognize the benefits of redeveloping our brownfield properties. Through this column I will provide insight to the Canadian brownfield market as it evolves into what we hope will be an emerging market full of opportunities like you have…Read more

Detroit’s Central Station

Most railroad remediation involves removing the rail remnants and replacing them with something entirely different. In Detroit, the Michigan Central Railroad Station remained and was remade as part of a new kind of railroad. Bustling with activity during the mid-1900s, Detroit’s Michigan Central Railroad Station fell victim to years of…Read more

Market Measures

The Brownfield Supply Index is an average of the daily closing stock prices of a wide range of publicly-traded companies that own a large number of industrial properties multiplied by 100. The BSI tracks the stock price of publicly traded companies with established brownfield programs. Brownfield Supply Index Down 10.26%…Read more

Reed Rubinstein Commentary

Environmental program funding debates generally do not generate headlines. Thus, it was quite odd to see the front page of July 1’s New York Times scream: “Bush Slashing Aid for EPA Cleanup at 33 Toxic Sites.” The Times said the Bush Administration intended to cut Superfund cleanup funding at 33…Read more

Tax Increment Financing

An economically feasible, sustainable funding mechanism For developers and communities alike, one of the biggest barriers to overcome when redeveloping brownfield property is the cost of environmental activities. The question often asked is “How do we fund these costs?” We have come a long way, where the particular project cost…Read more

USTFields—An Innovative Approach to Reuse

Last year, the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Underground Storage Tanks launched the USTFields pilot program by providing ten states $100,000 each to cover the costs associated with the cleanup of petroleum-contaminated sites. These funds could be used to assess, clean up, and monitor petroleum affected, federally regulated…Read more

Industrial Redevelopment
Brownfield Stakeholders Listen in and Talk Back to EPA

The EPA’s brownfield program held four listening sessions in early April to discuss implementation of the new brownfields law, formally called the “Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act” (catchy acronym: SBLRBRA). Participants included environmental justice, private sector, and environmental and land-use stakeholders, as well as representatives from states,…Read more

Industrial Redevelopment
City & State News

Philadelphia Brownfields Growing Greener The Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Compliance Assistance (OPPCA) has issued a $50,000 grant to the Greensgrow Philadelphia Project for the purpose of turning brownfield sites within the city into small urban farms. The money, from an OPPCA environmental/agricultural program, has…Read more

Industrial Redevelopment
Company & People News

SouthTrust Bank’s Atlanta operations will get a new home in 2004. Bank officials announced that the company has signed a lease as the name tenant for a new main Atlanta office to be built at the Atlantic Station development in midtown Atlanta. The new office building is being developed by…Read more

Industrial Redevelopment
New Life for Old Ohio Site

Mention the name “Diamond Shamrock” to locals in the Cleveland area and you’re likely to get an immediate, negative reaction. People inevitably think about the company’s contentious past and the legacy it left behind when it ceased operations more than 25 years ago: a massive piece of prime lakefront property,…Read more

Industrial Redevelopment
Research Corner

Triangle Laboratories, a Durham, N.C. based analytical lab, announced the introduction of Rapidscreen, a new technology designed to screen for dioxins, furans and PCBs in soil. The new method is expected to reduce costs and time needed from current methods. A new study by AMB Property Corp. documents a tight…Read more

Industrial Redevelopment
Vintage Redevelopment

Of all of the potential end-uses for the site of the old Diamond Shamrock Painesville Works, a vineyard and winery are probably the least expected options. In fact, when we first proposed the concept, the thought behind the quizzical looks which were generated by our idea undoubtedly was – have…Read more

Radical Reaction for Remediation

Background/History: An underground storage tank leaking petroleum into the soil and groundwater at a dormant Watertown, Massachusetts, industrial site presented challenges besides simply remediating the contaminants. The property owner needed the cleanup completed within six months, without disrupting a potential buyer’s aggressive construction schedule. An in-situ chemical oxidation process was…Read more

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