• 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


September 2015

Rural Redevelopment

Timing and luck often factor into the success of brownfield redevelopments, but that does not tell the whole tale. Brownfield projects—even the small ones—are often complex, demanding, frustrating and costly to the communities they are located in.
Communities can no longer depend on the responsible parties addressing the sites, they quite often just shutter the buildings, put up fences and leave them vacant and idle; and developers who are now more savvy in regard to brownfield redevelopment rarely swoop in to save the day. ... Read more

Sustainable Initiatives
After Hurricane Sandy ... Lessons Learned & More

What do we really learn in the face of a natural disaster?
Hurricane Katrina in 2005 taught some lessons and Hurricane Sandy caught the attention of urban stewards even more. ... Read more

Urban Planning
City of Chicago Redevelopment Initiatives: Motor Row Study

Cities across the country and around the world have developed policies that give planning staff tools at their disposal to promote and incentivize the redevelopment and reuse of brownfields. ... Read more

Sustainable Initiatives
Environment & the Economy Meet: A Leveraging Success Story

In February of 2009, EPA Region I & the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection met with the WESTMASS Area Development Corporation to discuss possible Brownfields Assistance for New England’s largest and most significant brownfield—the 170-acre Ludlow Mills site. ... Read more

Community Outreach
Healthy Sites, Healthy Food

Since the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s first project in 1993, Brownfields remediation has provided an opportunity for redevelopment movements across the country to provide access to healthcare in low-income, underserved communities. Poorer health among people residing in low-income areas is well documented. ... Read more

Urban Planning
Municipal Regulation of Land Cleanup: An Idea Whose Time has Come

Vacant contaminated land is a devastating problem in U.S. cities because it results in lost opportunities for new businesses, permanent jobs, housing and healthy open space. It occurs disproportionately in low income neighborhoods where its damaging impacts are most debilitating, contributing to disinvestment and a downward economic and social spiral. ... Read more

Risk Management
Environmental Liability Insurance for Owners, Developers, Lenders and Contractors

The site is an approximate 24 acre parcel located within the city limits of Gautier, Miss. on the Gulf Coast and is surrounded by water. ... Read more

Environmental Standards
Greener Cleanups Gain Traction with an ASTM Standard

Regulatory agencies, responsible parties, consultants and technology vendors are expressing interest in integrating green and sustainable concepts into cleanup projects. ... Read more

Economic Development
Kentucky Agency: Rating Sites for Redevelopment Potential

Cleaning up brownfields and putting them into productive reuse is a fulfilling process. These properties need to be assesed to determine what contaminants are present. ... Read more

Community Outreach
Project Providence

Did you ever think about the comparison between demographics of typical engineering companies doing Brownfield work and the demographics of the communities in which they work? ... Read more

Industrial Redevelopment
RACER Trust’s Proving Ground Stimulates Efficiency

When RACER Trust was established in March 2011, the economic climate was hardly hospitable, with capital markets tight, businesses cautious about committing to new capacity on the heels of the worst downturn in decades, and a glut of surplus properties to choose. ... Read more

Economic Development
Tackling Brownfields in Appalachia: A Decades-Old Challenge

Brownfields can be redeveloped into community assets in Appalachia. Insisting this was even possible to industry insiders just a decade ago would have likely invoked raised eyebrows - at a minimum - followed by hefty doses of skepticism. ... Read more

Waterfront Redevelopment
Waterfront Brownfields 2.0

American cities continue to redefine and redevelopment their often formerly industrial waterfronts. No longer can politicians talk about rediscovering their city’s neglected waterfront; half a century after cities such as Pittsburgh and Baltimore had their first waterfront redevelopment a trend is well established, growing and adapting to new economics, increased sustainability concerns, and a wide range of community priorities. ... Read more

Risk Management
When the Indemnity Fails: Insurance as a Back-Stop

In these challenging economic times, there are many impediments for those seeking to sell or acquire properties, especially those with potential environmental contamination. Access to capital and stricter lender underwriting standards are often cited as significant hurdles to buyers. ... Read more

Public Funding
The Diversity of District Financing: Tax Increment & Special Assessments

Every state in the country authorizes one or more flexible redevelopment financing tools intended to facilitate redevelopment finance in targeted districts. These tools are used to leverage public money while catalyzing private investment. ... Read more

Waterfront Redevelopment
A Mill(ion) Dollar Opportunity

The Bates of Maine Woolen Mill, a former industrial anchor in the city of Lewiston (pop.36, 500) in western Maine, has been transformed into a modern and bustling economic hub following years of city, state, federal, non-profit, private involvement and funding. ... Read more

Remastered for the growth ahead

The former Brownfield Renewal is now Renewal & Redevelopment and it’s the official media of the Association for Redevelopment Initiatives (ARI). But this is more than “repositioning and rebranding”, it is a significant metamorphosis. ... Read more

Person of the Year
Thinking Inside the Box—The 'Small' Box

James Byrne, environmental scientist who oversees the brownfields team for U.S. EPA Region I (New England), knows that while all brownfields should be created “equal,” others harbor a perception that certain redevelopments are a little more “equal” than others. ... Read more

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