• 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


August 2007

Chicago Plays Matchmaker for Material Recycling

In 2005, the City of Chicago developed its Environmental Action Agenda to demonstrate its commitment to creating a healthy, smart, green city. Recently, the City of Chicago’s Department of Environment (DOE) lobbied successfully for the passage of an ordinance requiring the recycling of construction and demolition debris (C&D) from construction…Read more

Creative TIF Management: Part 2
Creative TIF Management: Part 2

In our first article on tax increment financing (TIF) for brownfield redevelopment (Brownfield News, April 2007), we reviewed how certain states have structured brownfield incentives to work with local TIF projects. In this article, we review other ways to get over the mismatch between brownfield projects and the use of…Read more

Toward Regenerative Design: The Sustainable Development of Brownfields

In recent years, the developer community has taken a huge step toward acceptance of sustainable development. The concept of sustainability is becoming integral in changing development patterns, personal habits and government regulations, as well as in raising awareness about the effects that our behaviors have on the natural environment. Concurrently,…Read more

"X" Marks the Spot

Every teenager probably was well aware that the third release of “Pirates of the Caribbean” was due out over this past Memorial Day weekend. But clueless parent that I am, I had planned a family camping trip for that very weekend. Surely, bonding as a family would far outweigh a…Read more

Industrial Redevelopment
A Pennsylvania Foundry Makes Good on Its Name

Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, is a town poised for a comeback. Twenty years ago, the western Philadelphia suburb was just another casualty of the waning manufacturing industry. A village built on a foundation of sweat and steel had rapidly transformed into a ghost town once the steel mill closed its doors. Businesses…Read more

Industrial Redevelopment
Green Goes a Mile High

Kermit the Frog often suggested in song and dance that “It’s not easy being green.” Since the green movement started some 35 years ago, many people, organizations, products, and entities have claimed to support and/or promote a green agenda. Many of these claims, as we have discovered, are, well, just…Read more

Industrial Redevelopment
The Future Looks Bright for Industrial Markets

The industrial real estate landscape shifts as quickly as global trade and the world economies that drive it, suggesting that the trends and markets emerging today may not last into next week. But whether they are fleeting or have some staying power, one certainty is that, through the cycle of…Read more

International Brownfields
Opportunities Emerging in China’s Brownfield Market

On June 12, 2007, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao took up leadership of the National Climate Change, Energy Saving and Discharge Reduction Group, which includes over 10 Chinese ministers as members. From the year 2007, each province of China must meet a quota for energy savings and discharge reduction. Not only…Read more

Legislative Briefs
Second Shift: Industrial Reuse and Sustainable Communities

As the mantra of sustainability becomes increasingly prevalent in popular culture, it may be presumed by many that successful brownfield redevelopment means the transformation of once noisy, bustling industrial properties from rusty shells of their former selves into places of less torrid activity. Over the past 10 years, the goal…Read more

Regional Report
Atlantic Station: The New Crown Jewel of the South

From the beginning, Atlantic Station was an ambitious undertaking. Would people be willing to live, work and play on land once riddled with contamination? Would those same people ditch their automobiles for public transportation and leisurely strolls in the park? AIG Global Real Estate Investment Corp. and Jacoby Development believed…Read more

Regional Report
Industrial Reuse Boosts New Jersey’s Recycling Rate

On April 25, 2007, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) issued its first Class C Recycling Center permit to allow for the recycling of food waste to Converted Organics of Woodbridge, LLC (Converted Organics). This permit will allow construction to begin on the first-of-its-kind food waste recycling facility…Read more

Regional Report
Michigan BF Program Strapped

There are tens of thousands of contaminated sites in Michigan, a product of both its industrial history and contemporary activities. But Michigan has emerged as a national leader in the successful redevelopment of contaminated sites, initiating innovative ideas such as land use-based cleanup requirements, tools to protect new owners and developers…Read more

Regional Report
Nothing But Green for Orchard Garden Hotel

Twenty years ago, being green was something that most had little interest in, something better left to the hemp-wearing granola eaters of the world. But now, as more citizens become aware of the threat surrounding our planet’s natural resources, businesses large and small are adopting more environmentally conscious policies. For…Read more

Regional Report
Ontario Brownfields Get a Boost From Affordable Housing Program

Recent changes to the Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program (AHP) have created an incentive for brownfield redevelopment by ensuring a guaranteed allocation of residential development aimed at creating affordable housing on brownfield sites. The Ontario Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, John Gerretsen, announced the initiative on Oct. 26, 2006. The AHP…Read more

Special Focus
Debunking Brownfield Myths

Myth #6: Brownfield properties cannot be redeveloped due to the cost of environmental issues. Reality: There are several factors that can mitigate environmental costs. Post-development value of a brownfield can offset costs related to environmental issues. Federal and state assessment and cleanup grants, and/or low interest loans, obtained most often…Read more

Special Focus
Landfills and Leed Certification

Since the 1990s, solid waste landfills, originally located at the outskirts of growing metropolitan areas, have been attracting the interest of developers. As growth has radiated from town centers, closed landfills are now often the largest undeveloped tracts of land in neighborhoods considered prime locations for manufacturing and industrial facilities,…Read more

The Sustainability Connection

Brownfield development can provide numerous opportunities for embracing sustainability. But, “sustainability” is such a broad concept that it is sometimes difficult to know how brownfields fit in. As a colleague once put it, “the sustainability tree is so big you can’t get your arms all the way around it. Sustainability…Read more

View from the Field
Cleaning Up Isn' t Always Enough

It never ceases to amaze how many real estate owners and developers purchase environmental insurance for a contaminated property, then are surprised and dismayed to learn that their policy excludes coverage for loss for the cost of cleaning up any of the pollution conditions known to exist on the site.…Read more

Carol Browner: A Woman Committed

As administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from 1993 to 2001, Carol Browner developed partnerships with business leaders and community advocates alike. She worked closely with all levels of government to champion common sense, cost-effective solutions to some of today’s most pressing environmental and public health challenges. Though some considered…Read more

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