• 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


March 2013

What's Bigger than a Bread Box?
Case Study
What's Bigger than a Bread Box?

The West Sixth Brewing Co. in Lexington, Ky, is a craft brewery located at the end of Jefferson Street in the former Rainbo Bread Co. building. The business is the first Kentucky brewery to can its beer, and has the ability to produce 180 barrels per month. The redeveloped two-story…Read more

Abandoned Gas Stations Fueling Renewed Economic Development
Economic Development
Abandoned Gas Stations Fueling Renewed Economic Development

Abandoned gas stations that once flourished during our country’s economic boon are once again presenting opportunities to help refuel economic development for many struggling communities. Through the use of multi-site planning, a strong dose of community involvement, and coordinated public-private efforts, once-deserted gas stations sites are being cleaned up and…Read more

Editor's Letter
Telling the story

Steven Azar, Senior Planner, Economic Development Division, city of Somerville, Mass., has seen his share of success stories throughout an esteemed career in urban planning and vision generating. Add another bouquet to his impressive resume: 2012 Brownfield Renewal Person of the Year. As with our first two winners, Azar was…Read more

Feature Focus
A New Partnership Paradigm in West Virginia

As 2012 came to a close, an economic development organization in West Virginia partnered with a Los Angeles real estate company to purchase a closed steel plant in an innovative and creative partnership that will use a new method of brownfields redevelopment to impact the state’s northern panhandle. In May…Read more

Industrial Redevelopment
Steven Azar is Raising the Bar

Maybe Steven Azar should be the Brownfield Renewal “people” of the year, yet Azar humbly reports that he is simply a part of an incredible team and administration—starting at the top with Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone. But that said, Mr. Azar’s multi-functional workflow is in many ways nonpareil. Azar's professional…Read more

International Brownfields
An International Perspective

There are brownfield sites and redevelopment efforts world-wide, and lessons that can be shared amongst global practitioners. The patterns, both similar and disparate, are worth thinking about by brownfield professionals. Globally, there are many former industrial and waste facilities, often vacant or under-used, degraded and in need of clean up…Read more

Legislative Briefs
Tax Appeals as a Cleanup and Redevelopment Tool

New Jersey has been living with the changes brought on in the last three years by the Site Remediation Reform Act (SRRA), the Licensed Site Remediation Professional (LSRP) program, the explicit affirmative obligation to remediate, all of the guidance documents (30+), the changes to the Technical Regulations, and the 200-page…Read more

Brownfield Communication: Breaking Down the Breakdown

I’ve heard tell that writing doesn’t come naturally to scientists and engineers. As I’ve pondered over the years I’ve come to imagine that the condition owes in part to curriculum and in part to how the scientist/engineer brain is originally wired. Our higher education contains a lesser concentration of humanities;…Read more

Is Jerry Maguire a Brownfield Developer?

So I am watching one of my favorite movies of all time, “Jerry Maguire.” If you haven’t seen it, please do. If you have seen it, pick your favorite line and apply it to brownfield redevelopment. No matter which side of the brownfield development process you are on, Tom Cruise’s…Read more

View from the Field
BP’s Vertical Parceling: Getting Beneath the Surfaceto Extract Solutions

Managing the logistics of sale or lease of a brownfield property can be challenging. Managing the sale or lease of a Recourse Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) property can be doubly challenging. Global oil supplier BP has found an innovative way to manage property by vertically parceling the land, allowing…Read more

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