• 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


October 2008

Brownfields in Paradise? You Bet . . .
Brownfield Briefs
Brownfields in Paradise? You Bet . . .

While Hawai’i truly is the paradise that people think it is, parts of the islands also experience many of the same challenges faced by industrial areas on the mainland. One of these challenges is cleaning up contamination from inadequate environmental practices of the past. For the last decade, Hawai’i environmental officials…Read more

Urban Development 101: University of Dayton Transforms a Riverfront Brownfield
Case Study
Urban Development 101: University of Dayton Transforms a Riverfront Brownfield

Facts Size: 50-acre urban brownfield Land Cost: $25 million Estimated Development Costs: Could exceed $200 million Location: Intersection of Brown Street and Stewart Street, Dayton, Ohio Current status: Phase I completed (i.e. all buildings have been demolished and the part of property has been remediated). Phase II: Balance of property…Read more

A Closer Look at Socially Responsible Investing

Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) is hot. Over the last ten years, the SRI segment of the total U.S. investment pool “rose more than 324 percent from $639 billion in 1995 to $2.71 trillion in 2007” to become 10.8 percent of the total investment assets under professional management by major financial…Read more

Breaking Ground: Pull-a-Part

Imagine going through a buffet line but instead of being armed with a knife and fork, you have a screw driver, wrench and some other trusty tools. In this instance, it won’t be your taste buds rejoicing but rather your vehicle and your pocketbook.  Welcome to the buffet line at…Read more

Conservation Brownfields: Making a Business Case for Nature

Photo Credit: Kencanning/Dreamstime Somehow it seems fitting that as I pen this article, I sit on a fallen log aside a rushing, clear stream in the middle of the Porcupine Mountains backcountry along the shores of Lake Superior in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. This 47,000-acre wilderness state park was established in…Read more

Count on It . . .

15 Million approximate acreage of potentially contaminated properties across U.S.* 7,600 Acres of contaminated sites in New York City 18 $Million  amount N.Y. State will give New York City over the next five years to fund local brownfield cleanup efforts 1.2 Million approximate number of solar thermal systems that have…Read more

Massachusetts Brownfields Programs Celebrate Achievement and Look to the Future

In November, the brownfield program in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts will be celebrating its 10-year anniversary. In the early 1990s, Massachusetts, like many other states, had a long and growing list of contaminated sites that dotted the landscape of our industrial past. These sites represented not only environmental threats, but…Read more

Renewable Energy Development Initiative: Siting Renewable Energy on Contaminated Lands and Mining Sites

This past spring, the U. S. EPA launched its first initiative aimed at encouraging, facilitating and supporting the redevelopment of brownfield sites with renewable energy facilities. The initiative, Siting Renewable Energy on Contaminated Lands and Mining Sites, was launched by the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER), the…Read more

Running on Empty

With an unstable economy and escalating gas prices, every sector of the market is tightening their belts and making concessions, including the construction industry. Construction material costs are at an all-time high, according to the Associated Builders and Contractors trade association. Builders are seeing price hikes on concrete, steel and…Read more

Spotlight: Ken Johnson

Whether he was Director of Planning and Development for the city of St. Paul or Senior Vice President of the St. Paul Port Authority, Ken Johnson has been a pillar in the world of municipal community and economic development. As Senior Vice President of the St. Paul Port Authority, Johnson,…Read more

Feature Focus
Where the Candidates Stand

Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) Photo Credit: Mistydawnphoto/Dreamstime Economic Plan Provide $50 billion to jumpstart the economy and prevent one million Americans from losing their jobs Provide a tax cut for working families. Plans to create a new “Making Work Pay” tax credit of up to…Read more

Industrial Redevelopment
Industry Reads

Greenfields, Brownfields and Housing DevelopmentDavid Adams, Craig Watkins, RICS Research FoundationBlackwell Publishing This book provides a powerful critique of America’s growing tendency to reduce the debate on housing development to a mere choice between greenfields and brownfield locations. Drawing on theories from economics and political science, Greenfields, Brownfields and Housing…Read more

Industrial Redevelopment
Navigating Brownfield Financing in a Low-Tide Market

Photo courtesy of masterinvestor.co.uk Today’s Market Feels Yesterday’s Mistakes Weeks after the government takeovers of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the impact of the subprime mortgage crisis continues. While the financial downturn affects every avenue of the United States economy, those alleys closest to the real estate market are feeling…Read more

Industrial Redevelopment
US & Canadian Marketwatch (2Q 2008)

Providing you with useful market data at-a-glance: US Metropolitan Office Market What's Hot   Vacancy Rates   Manhattan 5.8% Honolulu 8.3% Miami 9.2% San Francisco 9.6% Los Angeles 9.7%Read more

Eureka! or UECA?

The word “Eureka!” can be defined as “expressing triumph.” Unfortunately this definition cannot be applied to the Uniform Environmental Covenants Act (UECA), which was the 2003 effort of the National Conference of Commissions on Uniform State Laws (NCCUSL). UECA has developed into a national trend that has been adopted by…Read more

Committee Watch

Summer recess/convention frenzy edition As of this writing Congress has left town until September 8. The announced adjournment date for the year is September 26, and while no one thinks that target will actually be met—since the FY2009 appropriations process is so far behind schedule—very little legislative time is left…Read more

Regional Report
Southern Region

Regional Overview Exciting things are happening in the Southern Region. From legislative updates to cutting-edge projects, the region is a bevy of activity and we are excited to present you with the latest. We have revamped the layout of the Projects section to make it more informative and provide you with…Read more

Regional Report
Southern Region: Georgia and Brownfield Development

The U.S. EPA Region IV is comprised of eight states [Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Florida] in the southeastern United States and it is the largest U.S. EPA region (by number of states covered) in the country. As a result, there are a fair number…Read more

Regional Report
Southern Region: People

W. Thomas Lavender Attorney Nexsen Pruet Columbia, SC Lavender was an environmental engineer before joining Nexsen Pruet, where he’s been practicing environmental law for over 20 years. Earlier this year he was recognized as one of the best environmental lawyers in America by his colleagues. He’s chaired several regulatory committees…Read more

Regional Report
Southern Region: Policies

FLORIDAHB 527:Addresses Brownfield and Voluntary Cleanup Tax Credit Issues. Signed into law by Governor Charlie Crist on June 30, 2008 and is retroactive to January 1, 2008. Under this new law, Voluntary Cleanup Tax Credits (VCTC’s) can now be issued for new redevelopment activities that were often the responsibility of…Read more

Regional Report
Southern Region: Projects

Magnolia Development (South Carolina)Location: City of Charleston, approximately two miles north of the Historic District; situated along Ashley River Waterfront Site background: Site includes three EPA CERCLA sites and eight state brownfield sites. Location formerly included two phosphate fertilizer manufacturing plants and one wood treatment/preservation plant that operated on the…Read more

Unsticking Stuck Brownfields

Sometimes the unique physical characteristics of a brownfield cause redevelopment to get stuck. Technology can be helpful in “unsticking” the redevelopment process when given enough broad thinking and patience. A few examples can help explain what I mean. The Ohio River Park Superfund site in Allegheny County, Penn., was slated…Read more

In Transit

Photo Credit: Eric Staudenmaier Photography Yes, we know: Gas prices are skyrocketing and there’s no relief in sight. So, it’s time to get creative. How about a segway? The two-wheeled machines have been enjoying a level of interest they haven’t seen since their 2001 debut, with national newsies like the…Read more

View from the Field
Amendments to New York State Brownfield Cleanup Act

Amendments to the New York State Brownfield Cleanup Act (BCA) fall well short of what both supporters and critics of the law had hoped at the beginning of the legislative session. The BCA, while having many favorable features, has been hobbled from the outset by a tax credit scheme that…Read more

Women on the Move

Karen Homolac Brownfield Safe Drinking Water Program & Policy coordinator, Oregon Economic & Community Development Department, Salem, Ore. How does a zoology major end up in the nation’s capital working on issues of international trade? Ask Oregon’s Brownfields Program/Policy Coordinator Karen Homolac, who, as an international trade economist with the U.S.…Read more

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