• 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


April 2011

First Panned, Then Well-Planned!
Case Study
First Panned, Then Well-Planned!

At this abandoned, blighted factory—consisting of 187,227 square feet in 21 different structures on 13.5 acres in the three separate parcels—a tour some time ago by a Wisconsin state legislator produced a brutally honest but necessary wake up call. The state official had toured the former canning facility a few…Read more

Lynwood, Calif.: New Urban Vision on the Horizon, if...
Economic Development
Lynwood, Calif.: New Urban Vision on the Horizon, if...

The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry. It's a time-honored line from John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men," a story of two displaced migrant ranch workers during the Great Depression in California. Life can truly imitate art, and you don't have to leave the state of…Read more

Editor's Letter
Is Your Brownfield Redevelopment ‘Good for It’?

During a recent chat, a brownfield supervisor from U.S. EPA Region 4 posed an excellent question: When brownfield project sponsors go to secure funding at the federal, state or local levels, do the respective funding bodies know who they are dealing with? More to the point, have they "kept score"…Read more

Chicago Urban Ag Development Is ‘Food for Thought’

Brownfields and crop development—for the express intent of producing foods—are concepts that have always been strange bedfellows. Mutually exclusive. An oil and water mixture. They are, however, becoming more inextricably linked than ever as urban agriculture re-development stakeholders are exploring a growing number of brownfields on which to establish an…Read more

Industrial Redevelopment
Inside the Beltway: Can Bi-Partisanship Boost Brownfields?

When it comes to interest in brownfields in Washington, there are two sides of the coin," says Evans Paull, executive director of the National Brownfields Coalition (NBC), based in the Washington metro area. "One side of Congress is preoccupied with bigger issues, particularly budget issues. But the other side of…Read more

Insurance Focus
Insuring a Brownfield Renewable Energy Project

As the push for combining renewable energy projects and brownfield redevelopment gathers steam, environmental insurance providers are working to offer coverage that meets the needs of both types of projects. “We’re actively looking at this market,” says Bob Hallenbeck, senior vice president with XL Insurance in Philadelphia. “We’re starting to…Read more

With Brownfield Incentive Bill, Conn. Demonstrates It’s ‘Open for Business’

In ratifying House Bill No. 6526, and most specifically the underpinning stipulations behind Section 17, the Connecticut General Assembly has demonstrated that it's significantly stepping up its game in the brownfields arena by creating a new brownfields remediation and revitalization program. This program would be implemented by the Connecticut Dept.…Read more

Regional Report
Highpointe of Clemson, 500 West Cherry Road, Columbia, S.C.

PROJECT GOAL: To revitalize land that had been sitting idle for years by putting the property back into productive use and thereby boost the local economy. SIZE: Approximately 113 acres FORMER USE: In 1951 the J.P. Stevens & Company, currently WestPoint Home, Inc., developed approximately 330-acres for textile manufacturing. The…Read more

Regional Report
New Leadership Marks New Era for Region 4

In September 2010, Gwendolyn Keyes Fleming was appointed by President Barack Obama as the U.S. EPA's Region 4 Regional Administrator/Southeast Region, in turn becoming the first African American to hold this position in Region 4. However, garnering this position is not the first time Keyes FlSeming has made history. Keyes…Read more

Regional Report
Petroleum Inventory Site Prioritization—Focus on Manatee, Sarasota Counties, Fla.

The Tamiami Trail (U.S. Highway 41) Petroleum Brownfields Revitalization Initiative is intended to advance local economic development and greenspace projects, and support historic preservation efforts along the 70 miles of scenic Highway 41. The corridor includes the cities of Bradenton, North Port, Palmetto, Sarasota, and Venice. EPA Region 4 and…Read more

Regional Report
Redevelopment Update: The Atlanta BeltLine

The Atlanta BeltLine is a $2.8 billion urban mobility and redevelopment project that will shape the way Atlanta and the surrounding region grow over the next several decades through a package of investments in trails, transit, parks and affordable housing. The project is the most comprehensive economic development effort ever…Read more

Rural Redevelopment
Pinpointing End-Use in Wyoming, Mich.

When General Motors announced its intention to close the 2 million-square-foot stamping plant in Wyoming, Mich some community members wanted to see outdoor retail powerhouse Cabela's move into the location, which claims prime footage along one of the major north-south arteries in the greater Grand Rapids area. Others looked for…Read more

View from the Field
Is Everything Coming Up Roses?

Before: Fall 2009, View from 51st Street There has been a lot of press about the ideas of urban agriculture, or Urban Ag, for short. The Brownfields 2011 Conference in Philadelphia in April had over 10 sessions and workshops dedicated to the topic. Urban Ag can make a good redevelopment…Read more

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