• 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


June 2009

Making Tracks in Nashville
Brownfield Briefs
Making Tracks in Nashville

Once the site of a bustling railroad roundhouse, The Gulch development in Nashville, Tenn., now teems with the comings and goings of shoppers, diners, workers and residents in a neighborhood ranked as one of the greenest in the world. The Gulch recently received LEED for Neighborhood Development certification, only the…Read more

The Pinnacle of Partnership in Pittsburgh
Case Study
The Pinnacle of Partnership in Pittsburgh

FACTS Name: Summerset at Frick Park, one of the nation’s first brownfield sites transformed for residential use. Project Size: 238 acres. Estimated Cost: $250 million public-private partnership. Location: Pittsburgh, Pa. Project Partners: Summerset Land Development Associates, including The Rubinoff Co.; Montgomery & Rust Inc.; Pennrose Properties Ralph A. Falbo Inc.;…Read more

Economic Development
Measuring Redevelopment Benefits: The Search for Data

"What gets measured gets managed"—Peter Drucker Across the nation, efforts to characterize the benefits of redeveloped brownfields challenges state government and the brownfield professionals everywhere. While many laudable efforts to capture the potential benefits are legion, there is yet to be a state directed effort to capture the collective benefit.…Read more

Editor's Letter
It’s a New Era…and We Mean Business

Perhaps it’s fitting that our June issue—focusing on Business & Economics—serves as the coming out party for the new brand: Brownfield Renewal. New ownership, new brand: Ushering in a new era for the official, authoritative journal of this industry can best be summed up through a time-honored expression: “Grow or…Read more

Contamination and Eminent Domain: Isn't This Blight?

According to New Jersey State policy, when local or county government exercise eminent domain powers for a valid public purpose, that process should be transparent, and used only as a last resort. However, there is another important policy being pushed to the back burner, and that is a policy fostering…Read more

Count on It...

$111.9 million estimated amount in grants bolstered by funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 to help communities clean up sites known as Brownfields, which may be contaminated by hazardous chemicals or pollutants*   $3.9 billion the amount of funding the EPA has budgeted to support…Read more

Industrial Redevelopment
Brownfield Economics Go Green

With apologies to Charles Dickens, the year ahead is shaping up to be both the best of times and the worst of times for the business of brownfields. On the one hand, "brownfield financing has always been difficult, and now it's even more so," says Craig Carbrey, president and chief…Read more

Interim Use Strategies
Interim-Use Brownfields: Small Cost, Big Impact

When it comes to brownfields, idleness is generally an unflinching roadblock. Contamination can be cleaned. Approachable site owners can be persuaded into redevelopment. But idle sites with passive owners are an incurable problem inhibiting full-capacity land use. One innovative strategy to combat brownfield idleness is interim use. The concept of…Read more

Legislative Briefs
Anticipating Brownfield Reauthorization

The fiscal 2010 process began in earnest on May 7, with President Obama’s transmission of his budget request to Congress. EPA brownfield program reauthorization has slowly started to gain some momentum in the 111th Congress, although no bills have yet been introduced. A broad brownfields reauthorization coalition has been established…Read more

‘City of Tomorrow’ Banking On the Future

Sitting on the bank of the Ohio River, a former manufacturing facility in Metropolis, Ill., epitomizes the success that can be realized in our industry when local officials, experienced consultants and state and federal officials work together—all with a community’s best interests in mind. Metropolis, the “City of Tomorrow” and…Read more

AIU Holdings: New Name, Same Unwavering Commitment

The more things change… the more they stay the same. Or so the proverb goes. The last twelve months have seen significant change. Some might say unprecedented. Our financial markets are much different than they were. Our political leadership has changed. What hasn’t changed is owners’ and developers’ need for…Read more

Protect—and Then Grow

A society's well-being is intimately linked to the health of its ecosystems. Healthy ecosystems provide ecological services such as water purification, flood protection, reduced soil erosion, terrestrial carbon sequestration, surface and ground water protection from contamination, wildlife habitat, a diverse growth of vegetation, pollination, recreation, aesthetic satisfaction, and control of…Read more

Realty Reality

Naturally, everyone likes good news and positive outcomes. If you're one of those, I'd suggest you skip this article. While there's nothing more I'd like to do than to sit down and provide some insightful words that would predict a speedy economic turnaround or offer a lighted beacon of hope,…Read more

The Pickens Plan: A Windfall for T. Boone?

The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry—but those plans are a lot more likely to stay on track when you're T. Boone Pickens. The 80-year-old Texas oil tycoon rolled out his Pickens Plan for energy independence last summer, pumping in $58 million of his own money to…Read more

Regional Report
Mid-Atlantic: Delaware Children's Museum

LOCATION: West Bank of the Christina River in Wilmington, Delaware PROPOSED USE: Non-profit educational children's museum, including indoor exhibit halls with major exhibits on Money and Banking, Human Body, Nature and Environment, Funky Forest, Transportation, Art Workshop, and outdoor patio exhibit, stage, and gathering area along the waterfront. SITE BACKGROUND:…Read more

Regional Report
Mid-Atlantic: Lynchburg Grows – H.R. Schenkel Urban Farm and Community Food Center

LOCATION: In the heart of Lynchburg, VA, located at 1339 Englewood St. PROPOSED USE: Lynchburg Grows (LG) has a mission to provide a means for the disabled and disadvantaged of the greater Lynchburg community to improve the quality of their lives by learning to grow healthy food. Since 2004, LG…Read more

Regional Report
Mid-Atlantic: People

Michael G. Van Ness, J.D. , founder and executive director of Lynchburg Grows, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Van Ness received his Juris Doctor degree and a certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law from the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Ore. in 1996. Prior…Read more

Regional Report
The Mid-Atlantic

Sandwiched between the Northeast and Southeast regions of the U.S. sits a six-state, single-district area known as the Mid-Atlantic. The Mid-Atlantic is defined by extensive shorelines, significant agricultural, forests and fishery sectors, historical settlement patterns along waterways and unique natural resources such as the Chesapeake Bay. The Mid-Atlantic regional office…Read more

State of Practice
‘Blue Sky’ Mining for Green Job Development

Washington’s Stimulus Package promised to create or save over 3.5 million jobs, with a good share of the stimulus package focused on energy and environmental enhancements. Many jobs will be created, so it begs the questions: How will these jobs be counted and how many will be truly green?  …Read more

For Portland, Just the ‘Tip’ of the Iceberg

Portland, Oregon's reputation precede itself when it comes to demonstrating leading-edge renewable resource initiatives. It's a mentality marked by maximum effort witnessed through civic cooperation and the rolling up of sleeves to set gold standards for green living. The latest maximum effort is reflected through a transit-oriented development aptly named…Read more

Women on the Move

Therese Carpenter, Environmental scientist/consultant, MACTEC Engineering and Consulting, Inc., Phoenix Introduced to Brownfields projects in 2005 while beginning her Master program at Arizona State University in International Environmental Management and Sustainability, Carpenter initially working as a Graduate Assistant, worked closely with mentor Dr. Richard Gordon in partnership with Naco Fire…Read more

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