• 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


February 2008

Trump: You’re Hired
Brownfield Briefs
Trump: You’re Hired

Donald Trump is getting down in the dumps. The real estate mogul recently signed on to take over the New Jersey Meadowlands Redevelopment project, pledging to convert 785 acres of garbage dumps into a golf course that rivals Pebble Beach with luxury high-rises and single family homes. The Meadowlands Redevelopment…Read more

Rural Surplus Properties
Community Outreach
Rural Surplus Properties

Underused and idled properties, often referred to as surplus properties, make up the bulk of America’s brownfield supply. These are often owned by small businesses and/or corporate entities. (See Chris Olson’s article on rural surplus corporate sites on the following page.) Surplus properties are easy to spot in urban areas…Read more

Editor's Letter
Maintaining Is No Longer Enough

Take humans out of the equation and the Earth is a pretty sustainable place. Despite a series of mass extinctions and ceaseless natural changes to its geography and climate, the Earth has supported life in one form or another for 3.5 billion years, a magnificent array that has ranged from…Read more

Count on It

1 the number of Brownfield Technology Centers in China       50 the number of states that have Voluntary Cleanup Programs   1,400,000,000 number of acres in the lower 48 states that are rural and have nonfederal land use 4 the number of gre…Read more

Goodbye Brownfield, Hello Rec Center

The City of Orange, Calif., is turning a contaminated brownfield into a recreational campus and park on a 26-acre site that formerly served as both a landfill and asphalt plant. This task is being accomplished by creating partnerships and developing common-sense solutions to the seemingly insurmountable brownfield problems that are…Read more

It’s the Economy, Stupid!

As the presidential race heats up and the economy cools down, the motto of the 1992 Bill Clinton campaign seems increasingly relevant. Think about it: we started this election cycle thinking that Iraq and terrorism would be the big issues and now we’re focused on health care and the economy.…Read more

Mixing Brown and Blue, Carefully

It is no mystery why we place heavy industry next to our waterways; they provide water for processing, cooling and transport. The demise of those industries has left behind abandoned or defunct waterfront sites that are in an excellent position to fulfill new industrial needs or meet the preferential needs…Read more

Real Estate Scenario for 2008

On Jan. 28, President George W. Bush gave his seventh and final State of the Union address to the American people and the joint Houses of Congress. During the hour long speech, he spent a good five minutes defining America’s need to “pioneer a new generation of energy technology” and…Read more

Industrial Redevelopment
Tribal Brownfields: Reclaiming the Land

The history surrounding the northeastern branch of Washington State’s Columbia River is as rich as the metals littering its bottom. For several millennia, its waters supplied indigenous explorers with an abundance of salmon while serving as a trading route and cultural hub for thousands traveling throughout the Pacific Northwest. Follow…Read more

International Brownfields
2007 Review: Remediation in China

Environmental protection faced an unprecedented challenge in China last year, as this country of 1.3 billion people worked to balance social economic development with its resource and environmental limitations. With international awareness a growing concern and Beijing readying itself to host the 2008 Summer Olympics, advancing a culture of conversation…Read more

Rural Surplus Properties: Resource for Alternative Redevelopment

It’s early January and it’s cold in Chicago (if I find Al Gore, I’ll invite him here to experience it himself) as we kick off another new year of the magazine. In early December, I attended the annual Brownfield News Editorial Board meeting along with other contributors of the written…Read more

Regional Report
Downtown Butler Benefits

Redeveloping brownfield sites is often touted as a way to restore former industrial lands into new business and residential developments and effectively clean up the surrounding environment. But a recent project in Butler, N.J., shows that redeveloping a brownfield site can also support smart growth and urban revitalization. Remediation served…Read more

Regional Report
Fiber Plant Redevelopment Plan Stalls

The future of the old Hoescht Celanese fiber plant in Greenville, S.C., isn’t looking so bright now that plans to purchase the 75-acre site have fallen through. The plant had been the proposed site of Woodruff Point, a $600 million mixed-use development that was slated as the new urban core…Read more

Regional Report
Harley Hogs Settle for Brownfield

The long-held vision of motorcycle giants Bill Harley and Arthur Walter Davidson is one step closer to reality now that the state is providing a $1.25 million grant to remediate the future home of the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee, Wis. The grant is part of a larger plan to revitalize…Read more

Regional Report
Riding the Rail Into Redevelopment

“It was a scary business. No one else had done such a large brownfield remediation [or as costly, at CDN$500 million] in Canada,” says Pierre St-Cyr, a Montreal urban planning consultant. He was referring to Angus Shops, Montreal, an early 20th century relic of a time when railways tied Canada…Read more

Regional Report
Ski Bum to Bring “Affordable” Housing to Ritzy Resort Town

Ah, Sun Valley, Idaho: the snowcapped playground of Hollywood celebrities and corporate titans, the winter retreat of choice for the nation’s wealthiest one percent and, if Carl Massaro has his way, the premier location for affordable, eco-friendly housing. A noble cause, even if his definition of “affordable” means just under…Read more

National Certification for Brownfield Professionals

I was pleased to facilitate a panel session at the N BAs’ Big Deal conference this past October. The session explored the concept of national certification for brownfield professionals, the subject of October BFN’s “View from the Field.” One focus of the session was on identifying the attributes required for…Read more

View from the Field
Sustainable Development: What Does It Really Mean?

Sustainable: 1: capable of being sustained 2a: of, relating to, or being a method of harvesting or using a resource so that the resource is not depleted or permanently damaged <sustainable techniques> <sustainable agriculture> b: of or relating to a lifestyle involving the use of sustainable methods <sustainable society> (Merriam-Webster's…Read more

Christine Russell: Agent of Change

Back in her undergrad days at Brown University, Christine Russell struggled to connect her passion for environmental science with her deepening interest in urban planning. Then she discovered brownfields. “It was an opportunity to change the lives of people living with abandoned and contaminated buildings for years, and you can…Read more

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