• 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 2016

Adding Value in a Commoditized ESA Market
Economic Development
Adding Value in a Commoditized ESA Market

My colleague and contemporary of many years visited me the other day with a sadness and frustration in his eyes. Why the long face, I asked? Emphatically he answered, "We can't compete in the Phase I marketplace!" Perhaps, grasshopper, there is more than one market ... In many markets, buyers…Read more

Feel–Good Storytelling: From USTs to Fresh Produce
Feel–Good Storytelling: From USTs to Fresh Produce

Tennessee's oldest town, Jonesborough, is nestled in the northeast corner of Tennessee. Founded in 1779, the small, vibrant town with a population of around 6,000 is commonly known for its National Storytelling Festival. Located in the historic downtown area, a property which was once an Exxon gasoline and service station…Read more

Rockford's Road to Redemption – Part 1
Rockford's Road to Redemption – Part 1

In 1999, I had just returned to my hometown to work for the City of Rockford, and I was tasked with developing a plan to rehabilitate the Morgan Street Bridge, which was originally built in 1889, replaced in 1916, and now rapidly deteriorating. Even though I was from Rockford, I…Read more

Green & LEED
Got 20 Minutes? Check Out The Motor City

Eight years ago, EPA selected Detroit as the site for its Brownfields Conference and the question might have been, why? The city of 677,000 was in a state of decay that it left very little for attendees to do in the evening other than perhaps plot strategies on how to…Read more

Industrial Redevelopment
How Do You Eliminate the Unknowns of Your Redevelopment Property?

Kentucky does not have any tax dollars to be used to fund Brownfields redevelopment. As a result some large Brownfields projects, Papa John's stadium and the Louisville riverfront redevelopment come to mind, did occur. However, many smaller Brownfields projects needed some sort of assistance. With that in mind the Department…Read more

'Airing’ On The Side Of Caution

As urban revitalization proceeds at a steady pace and construction prices continue to escalate in cities where vacant parcels are all but nonexistent, many property owners and developers are finding that substantial profits can be made through major renovations of existing buildings. Renovation starts in some cities are at an…Read more

Residential / Mixed Use
Grant Preparedness: 7 Tips To Tackle the '8-Week Window'

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded $55.2 million in FY2016 brownfields grant funding to communities across the U.S. These funds will assist local governments and not-for-profit organizations assess, remediate, and redevelop brownfields properties. While no FY2017 funding competition has yet been announced, if history is any predictor,…Read more

Risk Management
Insuring Project Risk, Assuring Risk Management

When you think of risk management in the context of smart growth best-practices, what comes to mind first? Is it risk management that connects to crafting a solid, right-sized insurance program? Is it indeed the insurance piece, but also combining the basic block, tackle and kicking tactics and strategies that…Read more

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