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May 2013

Investing in the  Brownfields Land Bank
 
Economic Development
Investing in the Brownfields Land Bank

Many communities are making brownfields redevelopment a priority in order to maximize the many benefits of accommodating growth in existing communities. Many communities have also established land banks to manage and dispose of vacant property. However, the promotion of brownfields redevelopment through a land bank mechanism is almost completely unexplored…Read more

Is the Bank Opening?
 
Editor's Letter
Is the Bank Opening?

Photo courtesy of cleveland.com Evans Paull, Redevelopment Economics, and Seth Otto, Maul, Foster, & Alongi, pose the question: Could a Brownfields land bank be matched with revved up TIF authority to create a new brownfields tool and lure manufacturing back to former industrial sites? Many communities are making brownfields redevelopment…Read more


 
Environmental
Remedies against Known Environmental Conditions

The insurance industry is most often seen as the safeguard against unexpected risks. However, the environmental insurance market is often challenged to help clients address potential liability arising from expected or “known” clean up costs. Based upon loss development associated with some of these “known” issues, many carriers have revised…Read more

 
Feature Focus
Aerotropolis Atlanta: Prepare to Expect the Unexpected

Just as seaports drove development in the 18th century, railroads drove development in the 19th century, and cars drove development in the next one, airports are driving the most important, progressive development of the 21st century. That’s why planners, developers and others are bringing to life the concept of an…Read more

 
Green & LEED
Combining Community Resiliency and Energy Efficiency Retrofits

At a time when many in the mid-Atlantic region are focused on recovery after Hurricane Sandy, there is an opportunity to think strategically about how to rebuild. Not every retrofit project can incorporate a full complement of green building strategies; however, every retrofit should benefit by an assessment of the…Read more

 
Green & LEED
Life After the Calif. Solar Initiative

Can the solar industry survive without incentives is a question we get regularly. The answer is yes. Government continually subsidizes new industries to get them on their feet if they will benefit society. The solar industry is forever indebted to those governments that have subsidized us. Incentives are supposed to…Read more


 
In Transit
Transit Brings New Life to Old Landfill

“Environmental sustainability,” “beneficial economic impact,” and “interagency cooperation” were phrases used this spring at a transit groundbreaking ceremony located at an old landfill. What do transit and landfills have in common? More than one might think. Intercity Transit is completing a park and ride facility atop an 8-acre portion of…Read more

 
Industrial Redevelopment
Flying High: Preserving a Piece of Dayton History

Photo courtesy of xrez.com When Orville and Wilbur Wright began constructing the first of their two airplane manufacturing hangars in 1910, the property they found just 2.5 miles west of downtown Dayton, Ohio was nothing more than a farmer’s field.   In fact, the National Aviation Heritage Area (NAHA) –…Read more

 
Legislative Briefs
May 2014: A New Date with Destiny in New Jersey

The new site cleanup program for all contaminated sites in New Jersey —brownfields as well as sites with no redevelopment envisioned- is date driven, and an important one is approaching in a little over a year. When the New Jersey legislature enacted the Site Remediation Reform Act (SRRA), one of…Read more

 
Rural Redevelopment
Redevelopment, in Grand (Rapids) Style

Development: Wealthy Street Historical Development, LLC, Grand Rapids, Mich. The effort involved the rehabilitation of two vacant functionally obsolete yet aesthetic historic buildings into new mixed use for retail and residential purposes. The project utilized funding from a private/public partnership, and the tax benefit of a renaissance zone. Encompassing a…Read more


 
Rural Redevelopment
This Golf Course is a Real Driver of Economic Revitalization

Owsley County, Ky. is a rural area with 4,000 residents and little industry. For that reason, community leaders in the town of Booneville thought economic development was needed to bring jobs to their town, giving the residents an opportunity to work in the town where they live. A group of…Read more

 
Transportation
Here’s the Dirt on a Chicago Redevelopment

One of the measuring sticks of urban redevelopment and reuse success can be traced to the “multi-benefit” dynamics that underpin urban renewal. Often, it's knows as a triple-benefit payoff—Social-economic-environmental impacts. In Illinois, an initiative that was started in 2004 has been flying under the radar, and not altogether applicable to…Read more


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