• 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 2009

Supreme Collaboration—it’s Music to the Ears
Editor's Letter
Supreme Collaboration—it’s Music to the Ears

In the mid-1980s, an assembly of platinum-record-toting, major-label recording artists from all genres of music gathered in a studio to perform a song to raise money and awareness for famine relief in Africa. Photo courtesy of Menomonee Valley Partners Inc. To pull the effort off without a hitch in recording…Read more

Brownfield Problem-solving in the Slovak Republic

In the Slovak Republic, brownfield and greenfield issues are ones that head the discussion in terms of the level of environmental protection and how that dictates the inflow of foreign investments. In Europe there is distinct contrast in understanding the definition of “brownfields.” There is a difference of understanding between…Read more

Count on It...

1,600 number of abandoned, mislabeled and mishandled drums containing hazardous chemicals stored in Abrachem Chemical (a former bulk chemical packaging facility in Clifton, New Jersey) that the EPA successfully cleaned up by working closely with the local and state authorities. * $8.5 million amount that five companies and two individuals…Read more

Environmental Remediation
(Land)Banking on Execution, Vision

In Cleveland, Ohio, a 22-acre industrial property—the former home to a steel plant—was not a site for the faint of heart. And, it was definitely not a sight for sore eyes. It was far from it. Midland Steel, which for decades had owned and operated the plant, had vacated the…Read more

Industrial Redevelopment
Best in Class Brownfields: Sweet, Sustained Synergies

There’s an old saying that a camel is a horse designed by committee — and sometimes a camel is indeed the end result of a public/private brownfield partnership with too many players. But for well-run collaborations between the public and private sectors, the final project can be well worth the…Read more

Legislative Briefs
How Did Brownfields Fare, What Can Be Expected?

With the first session of the 111th Congress just about over—a session that grappled with significant issues unrelated to brownfields—members now prepare to head home for the holidays. But the first session set the tone for policy and spending decisions for 2010 that could significantly impact a range of brownfield…Read more

Duke, Hemisphere Alliance: Focus on Exceptional Sites With Commercial Appeal

Stating that the goal is to identify properties that provide strategic land positions with opportunity for long-term economic growth, Indianapolis- based Duke Realty Corp. and Bedford, Ohio-based Hemisphere Development LLC have signed a co-development agreement. The agreement calls for the two organizations to jointly pursue brownfield redevelopment projects—particularly those in…Read more

Green Remediation vs. Dig & Haul: Let's Discuss

No state cleanup law explicitly mandates that energy efficiency, water usage, air emissions, or the creation of waste be taken into consideration when selecting a remedy. Considering that the goal of these cleanup laws was to create a liability scheme and to clean up hazardous waste sites, it’s not surprising…Read more

Transformation of a City—One Penny at a Time

In OK City, what were once abandoned, environmentally contaminated stockyards, oilfields, refineries, warehouses, and other industrial sites were transformed into vibrant, healthy business and community centers. …Read more

Ground Breakers

Eric Williams President and Chief Executive Officer, Frontier Renewal, Denver As the head of Frontier Renewal, a specialty real estate company focused on the acquisition, remediation and repositioning of brownfields, Eric Williams is a nationally recognized expert in brownfields. His 22-year career in the field includes all aspects of redevelopment:…Read more

Regional Report
The Gulf Coast Region

Picking up the pieces, rebounding from adversity, and exhibiting patience and fortitude. That has been the modus operandi along the Gulf Coast in both Louisiana and Mississippi, as well as in communities well inland. If you're talking about shifting priorities— at least as it relates to a desire to proceed…Read more

Regional Report
The Gulf Coast Region: Fairpark District

LOCATION: Tupelo, Miss., downtown between Front Street and Highway 45 KEY DISTINCTION OF PROPERTY: Born in Tupelo, Elvis Presley performed a concert in 1956 on Fairpark District site. The city celebrates an annual Elvis Festival on the site every year. DEVELOPED USE: A 50-acre urban renewal development started in 1999…Read more

Regional Report
The Gulf Coast Region: Pelican Landing Convention Center

LOCATION: Moss Point, Miss. SIZE: 1 acre PARTNERS: City of Moss Point and Mississippi Dept. of Environmental Quality COST: $3 million for Convention Center, $60,000 to address environmental issues BACKGROUND: In 2007, the city of Moss Point requested assistance from MDEQ through its Targeted Brownfield Assessment Program to perform an…Read more

Regional Report
The Gulf Coast Region: People

Trey Hess, Brownfields Program Coordinator for the Mississippi Dept. of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) A 15-year veteran of MDEQ, Hess was instrumental in the development of the program's tiered approach to determining realistic, site-specific cleanup options. While working in the Uncontrolled Sites Section, he managed soil and groundwater cleanups at industrial…Read more

Regional Report
The Gulf Coast Region: Policies

Louisiana In 1995, the Louisiana Legislature passed Act 1092, known as the Voluntary Investigation and Remedial Action law, which allows property owners and other persons who clean up properties to risk-based standards (see Louisiana Risk Evaluation/Corrective Action Program) to get a Certificate of Completion from the Louisiana Department of Environmental…Read more

Regional Report
The Gulf Coast Region: Progressive Church

LOCATION: 6539 4th Street, Marrero, La. (on West Bank of Jefferson Parish) SIZE: 18 - acres, redevelopment plans for Family Life Center for Progressive Church PREVIOUS USE: Auto salvage yard and undeveloped land FUNDING MECHANISM : $200,000 EPA Brownfield Cleanup Grant; $300,000 RPC BCRLF; Louisiana Brownfield Tax Credit AWARDS: Brownfields…Read more

Regional Report
The Gulf Coast Region: The Falstaff Apartments

LOCATION: Lower Mid-City, New Orleans. PRESENT USE: 147 mixed-income apartments, completed in November 2008. SIZE: 180,000 square feet. COST: $30 million SITE BACKGROUND: The Falstaff Brewery operated in the Mid-City area of New Orleans since the early 1900s. The property laid idle for nearly 30 years since its closure in…Read more

State of Practice
Big Apple, Big Brownfield Ambitions

This fall New York City will open a local voluntary cleanup program for light to moderately contaminated sites that state programs generally exclude. The city has also created the nation's first local brownfield office, vesting broad authority to develop brownfields in a single unit of local government. The Office of…Read more

State of Practice
Brownfield Asset Recovery and Structure Reuse

How paradigms shift. As recently as 10 years ago, abandoned buildings and closed industrial plants were simply bulldozed to the ground and taken to a municipal landfill. This method of clearing a property for reuse was prevalent from the late 1970s, and was “just the way things were done.” In…Read more

State of Practice
Planting SEEDS in Pa.

The Keystone Industrial Port Complex (KIPC) since 2005 has attracted more than 20 companies to the industrial park, several of them in the renewable energy and recycling sectors, bringing "green" jobs to the site. Approximately 20 miles northeast of Philadelphia, a former steel mill is the new home to several…Read more

In Columbus, a 'VUE' from the Top

They say the best students are the ones who are driven. At Ohio State University, this hypothesis could be taken both literally and figuratively. Unleashing a high level of technological excellence that could potentially catalyze the automotive industry to embrace a "greener future," The Ohio State University earned top honors…Read more

Urban Planning
Facing the Challenges of Urban Construction: Boston's Brownfields

For many years, construction boomed in Boston. Transportation projects such as the Central Artery/Third Harbor Tunnel project, known as the “Big Dig,” and the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) Silverline Transit Line entailed the construction of thousands of feet of tunnels beneath an active, bustling city. New office buildings, healthcare…Read more

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