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

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  • Using GIS To Decipher Large-Scale Remediation Projects

  • Right Place, Right Time


June 2001

Entrepreneurial Spirit

Michigan’s emerging high-tech industries are growing out of the state’s strengths in manufacturing. Now, the state that put the world on wheels is home to sophisticated new industries, building on a manufacturing base enhanced by generations of investment in research and education. Two of these emerging industries are advanced manufacturing…Read more

Great Fun in the Great Lakes State

Just as its wide-ranging economy offers businesses and developers a surfeit of opportunity, Michigan presents a huge variety of things to see and do to the state’s visitors. For lovers of the outdoors, the thousands of miles of Great Lakes shoreline (on four of the five Great Lakes) is not…Read more

The Upside (and Other Sides) of a Downside Market

At first glance it would appear that brownfield transactions would decrease due to the recent economic slowdown and volatility in the stock market. There is less money available to finance transactions, decreased demand for property, and a high degree of uncertainty in the corridors of many corporations. But to the…Read more

Feature Focus
A Property at Rest Will Remain at Rest

At the recent National Deal Flow Conference in Chicago, participants in the Developers Section meeting addressed an interesting and little discussed issue: the difficulty in overcoming bureaucratic inertia and employee resistance in convincing a property owner to offer a brownfield property for sale and then bringing the redevelopment of that…Read more

Green & LEED
The Greening of the City That Works

This summer the city of Chicago will open the Midwest Center for Green Technology in an industrial area three miles west of downtown. It will house Spire Solar Chicago, a manufacturer of solar energy equipment employing 100 people, along with Greencorps Chicago, the city’s own community greening and job skills…Read more

Industrial Redevelopment
Industry Watch

Federal News The Senate passed S. 350 a bipartisan bill that will provide funds and reforms federal brownfield liability. The bill passed unanimously, with 99 senators voting in favor and one senator, Tim Hutchinson (R-Ark.), not voting. The Brownfields Revitalization and Environmental Restoration Act of 2001 (S.350) provides liability protections…Read more

Industrial Redevelopment
Retooling the Brownfield Redevelopment by the Big Three

When the first Model T rolled off the line in 1908, it took twelve and a half hours to make and had an $850 price tag. 10,600 were sold that first year. By 1927, the tin lizzies were flying off the line at a rate of one every hour and…Read more

Insurance Focus
Historic Insurance Policies

Brownfield developers may be able to tap the insurance of prior site owners or operators to recover environmental cleanup costs associated with these properties. This historic insurance can be a valuable complement to current insurance that developers already have in place. Determining whether insurance coverage is available under historic policies…Read more

International Brownfields
Glasgow a Survey of Vacant and Derelict Land in the Glasgow and Clyde Valley Area

If you ask most American redevelopment authorities—whether federal, state and sometimes even local—to state the number and nature of brownfield properties under their jurisdiction you will usually get a less than exact answer. “Somewhere between 60,000 and 200,000.” “Over 2,000, I’m guessing.” “There are a couple on the north side…Read more

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