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Coloring An 'Empty Canvas': Chicago's South Loop Vision
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Coloring An 'Empty Canvas': Chicago's South Loop Vision

In Chicago, global developer Related Midwest reveals it will take its time to develop a "city within a city" on a 62-acre parcel of land along the Chicago River. The project is described as "one of the most ambitious developments ever conceived in Chicago," and would include more than 10 million sq. ft. of residential, office, hotel and retail space on the site south of Roosevelt Rd., that would eventually… Read more
Laser Vision, Collaboration Fuels Indy Mixed-Use Gem
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Laser Vision, Collaboration Fuels Indy Mixed-Use Gem

The transition in any civic government often comes with a double-edge sword—as there are a fair share of growing pains and a dose of unexpected upheaval that's all part of any new governmental transition. The city of Indianapolis and Marion County, Ind. are experiencing a positive boon these days—all thanks to the ushering in of a new mayoral administration. The headline is this: Positioned between blue-collar neighborhoods that once supplied… Read more
How Do You Eliminate the Unknowns of Your Redevelopment Property?
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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 of Environmental Protection management team proposed legislation in 2012 to assist with Brownfields redevelopment. As a result KRS 224.1-415 was… Read more
Commercial, Retail Placemaking in Pontiac
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Commercial, Retail Placemaking in Pontiac

Like many industrial cities, Pontiac, Mich., was hit hard by the Great Recession. Unemployment soared, population sagged and businesses busted. It was a city built around General Motors, which for a century provided solid wages for working people and essential tax revenue to fund local schools and government services. Storm clouds had been gathering for some time, but it nevertheless was a s… Read more
The City of Atlanta Brownfields Funding: A Catalyst for Implementing Redevelopment Vision
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The City of Atlanta Brownfields Funding: A Catalyst for Implementing Redevelopment Vision

A successful community revitalization program must address site contamination to create opportunities for property reuse and new investment. Multi-modal and transit-oriented development (TOD) projects can benefit from EPA funding that is available for brownfield assessment and remediation. Cardno worked on a section of the Atlanta BeltLine to perform environmental assessment and clean-up on several key sites. This project demonstrates how the city of Atlanta's EPA-funded brownfields program can be used… Read more
RACER Trust’s Proving Ground Stimulates Efficiency
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RACER Trust’s Proving Ground Stimulates Efficiency

Judge Robert Gerber, sitting in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, signed an order in effect creating RACER Trust in March 2011. RACER — for Revitalizing Auto Communities Environmental Response — was handed a portfolio of more than 300 properties scattered over 89 locations in 14 states, properties that for a variety of reasons were considered unnecessary for the future operations of the General Motors… Read more
Flying High: Preserving a Piece of Dayton History
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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) – a local organization charged with preserving the aviation heritage of the region – proudly displays in its restored historic offices… Read more
Steven Azar is Raising the Bar
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Steven Azar is Raising the Bar

Maybe Steven Azar should be the Brownfield Renewal “people” of the year, yet Azar humbly reports that he is simply a part of an incredible team and administration—starting at the top with Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone. But that said, Mr. Azar’s multi-functional workflow is in many ways nonpareil. Azar's professional “hats” are numerous. He started in the private sector: after studying environmental engineering at the Wentworth Institute of Technology, he… Read more
Inside the Beltway: Can Bi-Partisanship Boost Brownfields?
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Inside the Beltway: Can Bi-Partisanship Boost Brownfields?

When it comes to interest in brownfields in Washington, there are two sides of the coin," says Evans Paull, executive director of the National Brownfields Coalition (NBC), based in the Washington metro area. "One side of Congress is preoccupied with bigger issues, particularly budget issues. But the other side of the coin is that brownfields has always been a good bipartisan issue, and the committee leaders are looking for issues… Read more
Forging Deals: How to Align & Generate Value
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Forging Deals: How to Align & Generate Value

Take a still-shaky real estate market. Add some politicians, community groups and profit-seeking business owners. Top it all off with a site harboring the mysterious remnants of decades of industrial contamination. © Marshall Astor (flickr.com) It’s a recipe for brownfield deal-making that can make a greenfield real estate project look like a wal… Read more
The 14th National Brownfields Conference
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The 14th National Brownfields Conference

cosponsored by the U.S. EPA and ICMA, heads to Philadelphia, PA, on April 3-5. A partnership between the U.S. EPA and the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) has developed the National Brownfields Conference into the premier international forum focused on redeveloping brownfield properties and promoting environmental revitalization and economic redevelopment. Now in its fourteenth year, Brownfields 2011 will be held April 3-5, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center and offers FREE… Read more
The St. Paul Pragmatist
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The St. Paul Pragmatist

BROWNFIELD RENEWAL PERSON OF THE YEAR 2010 MONTE M. HILLEMAN Single dad, music maker, and environmental idealist. That’s how Monte M. Hilleman describes himself on his Facebook page. But the 37-year-old vice president of redevelopment for the Saint Paul Port Authority (SPPA) is considering making a change in that last item. “These past few years [at the SPPA] have led me to think that I need to change it to… Read more
Brownfield Renewal Awards 2010: A Toast to the Winners
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Brownfield Renewal Awards 2010: A Toast to the Winners

With 32 innovative brownfield projects to choose from in selecting the 2010 Brownfield Renewal Awards, our independent panel of judges had their work cut out for them this year. The three diverse projects they selected represent the gold standard of brownfield redevelopment across three distinct industry spheres of influence: •  Social Impact: Manchester Street Park, Lawrence, Mass. •  Economic Impact: Target Field, Minneapolis, Minn. •  Environmental Impact: Stafford Park, Stafford… Read more
Global Brownfields: The European Scene
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Global Brownfields: The European Scene

Survey the European brownfield landscape, and you’ll know you’re not in Kansas anymore. Even a ballpark estimate of European brownfield numbers remains an elusive goal, say experts, because every country uses different terminology for its contaminated land. "We conducted some work in Europe on brown… Read more
The color of money: ‘Building green’
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The color of money: ‘Building green’

Thanks to ever-rising fuel prices and a renewed federal commitment to sustainable construction, green building practices and technologies are generating a lot more interest these days. The concept of green building encompasses many different areas, such as air quality, stormwater management and recyclable materials, but energy efficiency is top of mind, say observers. “You can’t just design the building, th… Read more
ID Crisis: Brownfields and ‘The Beltway’
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ID Crisis: Brownfields and ‘The Beltway’

Promoting brownfield interests in Washington is a little like always being the new kid at school, say insiders: You have to figure out where you fit into the crowd and make a place for yourself there. The brownfield redevelopment agenda has natural affinities with many other issues but has always struggled to develop an identity of its own, says Charlie Bartsch, a senior fellow at ICF International in Washington, D.C.,… Read more
A Financial Navigation Guide to Brownfield Redevelopment
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A Financial Navigation Guide to Brownfield Redevelopment

In a perfect world, business models for brownfield projects would be one-size-fits-all. Dream on, say brownfield financing experts, as the industry faces a perfect financial storm of tight credit, the stagnant real estate market and a recession to boot. Whatever economic models brownfield developers used to use for assessing contaminated sites, “they threw away,” says Craig Carbrey, president and co-founder of EnviroFinance Group in Sacramento, Calif. “We have our own… Read more
Revitalizing an Urban Industrial Waterfront
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Revitalizing an Urban Industrial Waterfront

Investment in environmental cleanup and public infrastructure does not always have immediate payoffs. But with careful long-term planning, Stockton, Calif. has transformed its formally blighted waterfront into a recreational and entertainment destination and positively positioned itself for the future. After 15 years of planning and over $200 million of investment, the downtown waterfront in Stockton, has been transformed from a blighted and contaminated industrial area into revitalized public spaces. The… Read more
'Investing in  Ourselves'
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'Investing in Ourselves'

When I moved here 14 years ago, I was truly alarmed at the prospects for a good quality of life. That is not the case any longer. MAPS is truly a full participation community project because the entire community had to vote to tax themselves to make it happen. MAPS consisted of nine capital projects that we undertook beginning in 1993 as a way of kickstarting the revitalization of Oklahoma… Read more
Excellence Comes in Many Shapes, Sizes
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Excellence Comes in Many Shapes, Sizes

Diversity carried the day when the first-annual Brownfield Renewal awards were presented November 17 to four project sponsors in a modest-sized but well-populated conference room at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans during the Brownfields 2009 convention. The recipients included: City of Oklahoma City, Metropolitan Area Projects, awarded an ECONOMIC IMPACT award; Mason Run “New Urbanism” Neighborhood and River Raisin National Battlefield Park, Monroe, Mich., SOCIAL IMPACT awa… Read more
Best in Class Brownfields: Sweet, Sustained Synergies
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Best in Class Brownfields: Sweet, Sustained Synergies

There’s an old saying that a camel is a horse designed by committee — and sometimes a camel is indeed the end result of a public/private brownfield partnership with too many players. But for well-run collaborations between the public and private sectors, the final project can be well worth the inevitable challenges that come with these multi-faceted developments. “Having a public cheerleader is critically important to the success of any… Read more
A Renewed Optimism Prevails
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A Renewed Optimism Prevails

As technology, financial incentives and consumer demand push renewable energy sources like solar and wind power into the mainstream, brownfields are in an ideal position to benefit from the growing green convergence. "More and more people understand that it's not just about cleaning up a brownfield and putting it back into productive use," says Kevin Matthews, vice president, energy and environment at NSI, a business-to-government consulting firm based in Washington,… Read more
Brownfield  Economics Go Green
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Brownfield Economics Go Green

With apologies to Charles Dickens, the year ahead is shaping up to be both the best of times and the worst of times for the business of brownfields. On the one hand, "brownfield financing has always been difficult, and now it's even more so," says Craig Carbrey, president and chief credit officer of EnviroFinance Group in Sacramento, Calif., which specializes in brownfield lending. "There just isn't that much activity. .… Read more
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Federal News The Senate passed S. 350 a bipartisan bill that will provide funds and reforms federal brownfield liability. The bill passed unanimously, with 99 senators voting in favor and one senator, Tim Hutchinson (R-Ark.), not voting. The Brownfields Revitalization and Environmental Restoration Act of 2001 (S.350) provides liability protections for innocent parties, such as contiguous property owners, prospective purchasers, and innocent landowners. The bill provides for funding and enhancement… Read more
Retooling the Brownfield Redevelopment by the Big Three
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Retooling the Brownfield Redevelopment by the Big Three

When the first Model T rolled off the line in 1908, it took twelve and a half hours to make and had an $850 price tag. 10,600 were sold that first year. By 1927, the tin lizzies were flying off the line at a rate of one every hour and a half, and selling for less than $300 a pop. When all was said and done, more than 15 million… Read more
Brownfield Stakeholders Listen in and Talk Back to EPA
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Brownfield Stakeholders Listen in and Talk Back to EPA

The EPA’s brownfield program held four listening sessions in early April to discuss implementation of the new brownfields law, formally called the “Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act” (catchy acronym: SBLRBRA). Participants included environmental justice, private sector, and environmental and land-use stakeholders, as well as representatives from states, tribes, and local governments. The sessions, which had over 150 total attendees, were hosted by Michael Shapiro, the EPA’s Deputy… Read more
City & State News
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City & State News

Philadelphia Brownfields Growing Greener The Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Compliance Assistance (OPPCA) has issued a $50,000 grant to the Greensgrow Philadelphia Project for the purpose of turning brownfield sites within the city into small urban farms. The money, from an OPPCA environmental/agricultural program, has allowed the Greensgrow Project to create the Neighborhood Urban Agriculture Coalition (NUAC) designed to transform brownfield and vacant lots into… Read more
Company & People News
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Company & People News

SouthTrust Bank’s Atlanta operations will get a new home in 2004. Bank officials announced that the company has signed a lease as the name tenant for a new main Atlanta office to be built at the Atlantic Station development in midtown Atlanta. The new office building is being developed by AIG Global Real Estate Investment Corp. BEM Systems, Inc. recently introduced version 3.1 of its PAECETrak software program. The program… Read more
Industry Watch
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Industry Watch

Canadian Brownfield Budget The Canadian federal budget was presented to Parliament in Ottawa on March 23rd and contained little of real substance for brownfields, other than those under federal ownership. There were two pronouncements affecting brownfields: 1. The commitment to spend $3.5 billion (U.S. $2.67) over the next 10 years on cleaning up federal contaminated sites. It is likely that this will initially address old mines in northern Canada and… Read more
New Life for Old Ohio Site
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New Life for Old Ohio Site

Mention the name “Diamond Shamrock” to locals in the Cleveland area and you’re likely to get an immediate, negative reaction. People inevitably think about the company’s contentious past and the legacy it left behind when it ceased operations more than 25 years ago: a massive piece of prime lakefront property, permanently fenced off due to unquantified chemical contamination. Of course, as is often the case with brownfields, public perception is… Read more
Research Corner
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Research Corner

Triangle Laboratories, a Durham, N.C. based analytical lab, announced the introduction of Rapidscreen, a new technology designed to screen for dioxins, furans and PCBs in soil. The new method is expected to reduce costs and time needed from current methods. A new study by AMB Property Corp. documents a tight linkage between U.S. manufacturing output and national demand for distribution centers and warehouse space. The direct correlation has held without… Read more
The Technology of Institutional Controls
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The Technology of Institutional Controls

Institutional controls for brownfields relate to a concept that has evolved during the last ten years, and continues to change. This evolution started soon after risk-based closure concepts found their way into state voluntary cleanup programs. Risk-based closures result in exit strategies for site cleanup that protect human health and the environment, but do not necessarily restore a site to a pre-contaminated condition. Therefore, since the closed site may have… Read more
Vintage Redevelopment
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Vintage Redevelopment

Of all of the potential end-uses for the site of the old Diamond Shamrock Painesville Works, a vineyard and winery are probably the least expected options. In fact, when we first proposed the concept, the thought behind the quizzical looks which were generated by our idea undoubtedly was – have you been drinking? Because of its past use as a settling pond, that portion of the site was geotechnically unsuitable… Read more
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EPA Clarifies Phase I Standards The EPA will clarify parts of recent amendments to CERCLA to answer questions about innocent landowner provisions and the interim Phase I standard set by Congress in the new brownfield law. The EPA says that “in the case of property purchased on or after May 31, 1997, the requirements for conducting ‘all appropriate inquiry,’ including the conduct of such activities to establish an innocent landowner… Read more
Industry Watch
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Industry Watch

Federal News EPA All Appropriate Inquiry Committee On April 28, the EPA held the first meeting to create a standard for all appropriate inquiry under the Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfield Revitalization Act. A cross section of interest groups has been invited to participate in negotiating the rule. The parties include: Trust for Public Lands, American Society of Civil Engineers, Mortgage Bankers Associations, International Council of Shopping Centers, N… Read more
Pioneering the Environmentally Contaminated Real Estate Market
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Pioneering the Environmentally Contaminated Real Estate Market

Because LandBank is a pioneer in the evolving brownfields industry. Brownfield News asked company co-founder Bill Lynott to reflect on the firm’s early roots, the industry’s evolution and its future. My partner, Stuart Miner, and I spent more than 20 years as environmental consultants to corporate America. In 1995, the environmental consulting industry was going through a period of consolidation. The business was reaching the maturation stage that all new… Read more
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Habitat for Brownfields Inspired by the redevelopment model created by the pilot partners in the Twin Cities, EPA headquarters has forged a partnership with Habitat for Humanity International. EPA Administrator Christie Whitman signed a memorandum of understanding with Habitat International to bring property-assessment capability to Habitat affiliates in San Francisco, Boston, Denver and Charlotte, N.C. Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity has outlined an ambitious plans to expand its services by… Read more
Company News
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Company News

Mortgage Bankers Insurance Policy The Mortgage Bankers Association announced the formation of a task force on the use of environmental insurance for commercial real estate loans to provide standards for its members. The task force aims to educate association members on the types of environmental insurance policies prevalent in the commercial real estate industry. The task force will also define standards for environmental insurers by making coverage recommendations. Designed to… Read more
Federal News
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Federal News

$5 Million Accelerates Cleanup The Department of Energy (DOE), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and state of Texas officials, signed a letter of intent to accelerate cleanup at the Cold War-era Pantex plant in Amarillo, Texas. Under the plan, cleanup is scheduled to be done by 2008. The agreement was reached under the department’s Environmental Management Accelerated Cleanup Program, which works to streamline operations by working with states and regulators… Read more
Industry Watch
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Industry Watch

Federal Report In the Hopper Senators Carl Levin (D-Mich.), Jim Jeffords ( I-Vt.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine), have introduced legislation to assist communities in redeveloping brownfields. The Brownfields Redevelopment Assistance Act of 2003 would expand the Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration’s initiatives to assist communities with brownfield redevelopment by authorizing $60 million annually for five years for redevelopment. This grant money could be used for business development, activities to… Read more
People in the News
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People in the News

Architect Kerry Jones has joined NTH Consultants. The 25-year veteran will specialize in reusing and decommissioning facilities in the firm’s Exton, Pa office....Ill.- and Ind.-based environmental consulting firm Krikau, Pyles, Rysiewicz & Associates, Inc. announced that Richard R. Gnat has joined as a principal in a new office in Brookfield, Wisc....Brenda Peterson, Jennifer DeSteno, and Eric Nelson were all elevated to project engineer II at BT2, a Madison, Wisc.-based environmental… Read more
Tech Corner
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Tech Corner

Three Legged Stool Columbia Technologies has developed an approach to help implement the EPA triad approach to cleanup. The company’s software package provides “same day” processing and imaging of the subsurface. The triad approach recognizes that traditional methods of soil and groundwater assessment have historically placed too much emphasis on analytical data quality when the primary source of uncertainty is inadequate subsurface information resulting from too few samples. Innovative sub-surface… Read more
Tieing up the Threads—The Pieces of Textile Manufacturing
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Tieing up the Threads—The Pieces of Textile Manufacturing

Spinning Turning fibers into thread or yarn has relatively low environmental impacts—most wastes are the fibers themselves, or cuttings. Like most parts of the textile industry, the spinning process is made up of many other steps and these operations may use hazardous chemicals. Buhler Yarns Photo Louis Pannel These can include alkaline solution… Read more
Unraveling the Textile Industry
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Unraveling the Textile Industry

Making textiles is one of humanity’s oldest industries and inexpensive foreign labor has caused many U.S. manufactures to move offshore leaving many mills and factories shuttered, underused or abandoned. While often having limited environmental problems, these brownfield properties present special redevelopment challenges due to the specific functionality of the buildings and their locations in New England and the South. Brownfield News explores the textile industry and shows you how and… Read more
Windfall Lien Provision:  Brownfield Property Sellers Could Be in for a Big Surprise
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Windfall Lien Provision: Brownfield Property Sellers Could Be in for a Big Surprise

Congress had good intentions when, on January 11, 2002, it reformed parts of Superfund (CERCLA) by enacting the Small Business Relief and Brownfield Revitalization Act and its amendments. Congress attempted to start brownfield investment by providing funding for brownfield redevelopment and by exempting from liability new owners of contaminated sites, otherwise known as “bona-fide prospective purchasers” or “BFPPs”, as long as they satisfy the, and do not impede the performance… Read more
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Cool Million California State Treasurer Philip Angelides presented a check for $1 million to San Diego Mayor Dick Murphy as part of a new initiative sponsored by the treasurer. Dubbed California Recycle Underutilized Sites (Cal ReUSE), it is part of the treasurer’s “Double Bottom Line” investment strategy, which focuses on achieving successful investment results while simultaneously broadening economic opportunity in California communities. According to a press release, “Tackling the challenge… Read more
Company News
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Company News

Hangover for Brownfields Recovery According to a report in the Boston Globe, Brownfields Recovery Corp. “is no longer looking for business.” In an interview with Brownfield News the company’s president Jack Thomas said, “There’s a lot to that story, but its really part of our evolution. When we started in 1996 we had been developing impacted properties for some time as a service company under our environmental firm. In 1996,… Read more
Federal News
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Federal News

Signings The EPA and the Economic Development Administration (EDA) have renewed a 1995 memorandum of understanding (MOU) establishing a general working agreement between the EPA and the Commerce Dept.’s EDA. The agreement helps them to coordinate their policies and activities in support of brownfield assessment and cleanup, community revitalization, and economic redevelopment efforts. The objective is to enhance interagency cooperation and collaboration in keeping with the respective agencies’ environmental protection and… Read more
People in the News
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People in the News

Gregory E. Schilz has joined Breitstone & Co. as a partner in a newly formed West Coast affiliate that specializes in environmental liability. Prior to joining Breitstone, Schilz had been in environmental practice for Marsh, Inc....David Voigt has joined Deloitte & Touche as national solutions leader in the firm’s real estate practice. He will operate out of the consultant’s Chicago office....Catherine O’Connor has started work as a civil engineer in… Read more
The Moving Parts of a Railroad
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The Moving Parts of a Railroad

Repair and Cleaning Locomotive and railcar repair and cleaning is the dirtiest part of railroading and is the area under RCRA regulation. Cleaning cars results in contaminated wastewater that is treated on site and RCRA materials are removed and treated.The materials include a range of solvents, waste oil, and oil sludge. Repair facilities produce the same wastes as well as lead and acids from battery maintenance. Painting operations at the… Read more
The Other Side of the Tracks
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The Other Side of the Tracks

Railroads extend into almost every town and city in the country. Rairlroads are also one of the largest property owners in the country and they are both a challenge to work with and sources of redevelopment opportunities. Largely responsible for shaping our countries industrial past, railroads are now part of a multidimensional transportation system. With over 200,000 of miles of track, railroads are made up of only a few major… Read more
U.S., German Partnership - A Global Approach
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U.S., German Partnership - A Global Approach

The cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated sites of hazardous materials is a global concern that requires an integrated approach to mitigate the risks to human health and the environment. Many countries have committed extensive resources to the effort to address environmental, social and economic issues related to cleanup and redevelopment of these contaminated hazardous waste sites. The challenge is how to capitalize on the resources, expertise, and knowledge of countries… Read more
An Update on the State of the Environmental Insurance Market
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An Update on the State of the Environmental Insurance Market

Few would argue that environmental insurance has evolved to become a widely used and effective tool for managing risk and uncertainty related to the transfer, remediation and redevelopment of Brownfield projects. However, like the broader worldwide property and casualty insurance market, of which it is a small segment, environmental insurance — and the insurers offering it — has seen some significant changes in the last two to three years. Photo… Read more
Get Smart the Brownfield Way
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Get Smart the Brownfield Way

Parris N. Glendening is president of Smart Growth Leadership Institute, a project of Smart Growth America, a nationwide coalition of nearly 100 organizations promoting a better way to grow. Prior to that, Mr. Glendening spent eight years as Governor of the State of Maryland, where he made the environment the heart of his legislative, administrative and personal agenda. Glendening also serv… Read more
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Institutional Controls Earth Pledge, a New York City-based nonprofit organization that promotes  “techniques and technologies that restore the balance between human and natural systems,” announced the formation of the Guardian Trust. The trust is a program for long-term stewardship of environmentally contaminated properties. MGP Environmental Partners, a brownfield consulting and management firm will run the institutional controls for the Guardian Trust The trust is a public/private partnership that “will provide a… Read more
Industry Watch
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Industry Watch

NEW RESOURCES Key to Community Revitalization Report The National Association of Local Government Environmental Professionals (NALGEP) and the Northeast-Midwest Institute have released a new report, "Unlocking Brownfields: Keys to Community Revitalization." This report includes more than 50 profiles of successful brownfield projects and programs, five critical brownfield messages that document the evolution of brownfield success in America and the "10 Keys to Brownfield Revitalization." Copies of the report can be… Read more
The Starbucks Factor
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The Starbucks Factor

Vince Michael, chair of the Historic Preservation Department at the School of the Art Institute, had long pointed to the Starbucks in the Printers Row neighborhood as proof that the neighborhood had “arrived.” Printer’s Row, a Chicago neighborhood immediately south of Chicago’s downtown Loop, had been abandoned by the printing industry after World War II. In the 1970s, investors, as they prepared to adapt the factory lofts for residential use,… Read more
A Charlie Brownfield Post-Holiday Wish List
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A Charlie Brownfield Post-Holiday Wish List

As I flew from Cleveland to Chicago in late October for the annual meeting of the Brownfield News editorial board, I had a feeling I was in trouble. My flight was delayed by heavy rain in the Midwest. I arrived both a little late and a little soggy to the meeting, being held in the conference room of a skyscraper. The board of brownfield luminaries already was hotly debating what… Read more
Doing the Deal
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Doing the Deal

Welcome to Brownfield News’ annual “Doing The Deal” issue, when one municipality’s difficult site is showcased and receives practical technical, financial and redevelopment advice from our editors. This year, we serve it with a twist. In addition to comprehensive written advice from many of Brownfield News’ department specialists, the site in Mantua Township, New Jersey, also received hands-on redevelopment advice from a panel of experts assembled by the N BA.… Read more
The Olympic Dating Game
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The Olympic Dating Game

London 2012's state-of-the-art Olympic Park will be built primarily on a brownfield and span the borders of four boroughs. When Joan Wales, BP’s VP of strategy and planning remediation management, spoke of speed dating at the International Brownfield Summit in Niagara Falls, Ontario, in June, she wasn’t referring to the cocktail reception that rounded out the conference’s first day of activities. Specifically, Wales was talking about the subject of redeveloping… Read more
A Brownfield Gone Bright
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A Brownfield Gone Bright

Brockton, Massachusetts, a former industrial town of nearly 94,000 people, has certainly had its share of fame and notoriety. It is the birthplace of heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano and the setting for the apprehension of Sacco and Vanzetti, the Italian immigrants arrested for alleged robbery and murder in 1920. Photo courtesy of Schott Solar. Solar… Read more
There’s Gold in Them Brownfields
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There’s Gold in Them Brownfields

It was a combination of luck and financial hardship that propelled Gold Hill Mesa CEO Robert Willard from a supporting role as financier to the lead character in what could be considered an epic battle between developer and bureaucrat, with tension from a corporate buyout thrown in for additional effect. Robert Willard at Gold Hill Mesa Exchange Photo by D. Att… Read more
Navy Pier and Lakefront Success
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Navy Pier and Lakefront Success

Navy Pier has remained a vital component of Chicago’s lakefront architecture since 1916. Though the Ferris wheel has since replaced the carousels, and blues and Shakespeare quell the past echoes of marching bands, the crowds still clamor for the range of amenities provided by the Pier, making it the biggest tourist attraction in the city. The Pier’s history is as rich as Chicago’s. Municipal Pier No. 2, as it was… Read more
The Transit Villages That Smart Growth Built
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The Transit Villages That Smart Growth Built

Sixty years ago, the Curtiss-Wright airplane manufacturing plant in Wood-Ridge, New Jersey, was a key to the nation’s best defense in one of the largest global conflicts in history, housing a company responsible for the biggest mass production of B-29 bomber engines on record. At its height, over 15,000 men and women walked through its doors each morning to assemble thousands of these engines throughout World War II. One of… Read more
Vapor Intrusion: New Focus for Due Diligence
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Vapor Intrusion: New Focus for Due Diligence

Environmental practitioners have witnessed many trends in the evolution of environmental laws, regulations and policies, as well as evolving scrutiny for certain chemicals of concern. In the late 1990s, a revolution took place during which contaminated soil and groundwater no longer were required to be completely removed or treated, but could be left in place based on risk assessment and screening criteria. Now, some regulators have determined that even residual… Read more
2009 Market Outlook: Insurance Fixed-Priced Cleanups
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2009 Market Outlook: Insurance Fixed-Priced Cleanups

After a tumultuous year of financial market collapse and insurance corporations seeking government assistance, the brownfield industry might feel uncertain about the future of cleanups, specifically Insurance Fixed-Priced Cleanups (IFCs). But, the outlook is not as grim as you might think. We’re finding the IFC and risk-transfer market has grown over the last 10 years as more companies are offering these types of programs. Environmental liability transfers backed by insurance… Read more
With the New EPA, New Day Dawns for Brownfields
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With the New EPA, New Day Dawns for Brownfields

The site was the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. The introduction speech was delivered by Blake Jones, CEO of Namaste Solar, a Boulder, Colo.-based solar electricity company. In February, Jones had the honor of introducing President Barack Obama as the new commander-in-chief prepared to sign the 2009 Economic Recovery bill. Before the introduction, Jones spoke to the audience about how his solar energy business had suffered mightily in 2008… Read more
Environmental Insurance: The Brownfield Connection
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Environmental Insurance: The Brownfield Connection

Despite the financial uproar in the insurance world last fall, brownfield developers appear to have little to fear among the major environmental insurance carriers. “There are a lot of very strong, financially secure providers in environmental insurance,” said Ken Cornell, executive vice president of JCH Environmental Insurance Brokers in New York City. Even American International Group Inc. (AIG), which has received more than $150 billion in assistance from the federal… Read more
US & Canadian Marketwatch (4Q 2008)
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US & Canadian Marketwatch (4Q 2008)

Providing you with useful market data at-a-glance: US Metropolitan Office Market What’s Hot   What’s Not Vacancy Rates Vacancy Rates Manhattan Read more
STAMP: Industry Revival in a Classic Chicago Neighborhood
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STAMP: Industry Revival in a Classic Chicago Neighborhood

Historical view of the West Pullman Industrial Redevelopment Area. In its heyday, the area was home to industrial and manufacturing giants such as International Harvester, Ingersoll, Dutch Boy, and Libby´s. The City of Chicago hopes to reinvigorate industry growth in the area. Few other cities have had their industrial past immortalized like Chicago. Perhaps it’s because of its rapid and rugged rise from a marshy, frontier outpost into one of… Read more
A Pennsylvania Foundry Makes Good on Its Name
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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 disappeared and families who had grown dependent on mill wages to survive were forced to look for opportunities elsewhere. Today,… Read more
Green Goes a Mile High
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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 a lot of song and dance. The truth is, it’s not easy being green. It many cases, it means sacrifice.… Read more
The Future Looks Bright for Industrial Markets
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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 global trade, those trends find their way to North America and, specifically, to the six largest industrial markets—Los Angeles, Chicago,… Read more
Charitable Brownfield Cleanup Drives Community-Wide Benefits
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Charitable Brownfield Cleanup Drives Community-Wide Benefits

In the steep mountains of the Oregon Coast Range between the fertile Willamette Valley and the sandy beaches of the Pacific Ocean, lies the former town of Nashville, Ore. It was near here that Carol Adams and her late husband, Bill Brown, founded the Coastal Range Food Bank, a charitable organization that serves the needs of communities struck hard by the struggling and economically depressed logging industry, chiefly central eastern… Read more
Military Brownfields Demand Explosive Considerations
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Military Brownfields Demand Explosive Considerations

Uncle Sam’s sell-off of former military bases under the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) program continues under 2005 recommendations that may affect some 800 installations. Some sites are relatively pristine, while others, impacted by years of military use, are literally rife with explosive issues. Though many of these sites face conventional brownfield problems, such as groundwater tainted by diesel oil and PCBs, other environmental issues are exclusive to military bases.… Read more
Tribal Brownfields: Reclaiming the Land
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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 the river up-stream and eventually you’ll reach the idyllic Canadian town of Trail. With a population of 7,575, it is… Read more
Brownfields: The Legacy of the Auto Industry
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Brownfields: The Legacy of the Auto Industry

For more than 100 years, large tracts of land have been used by U.S. automotive manufacturers (USAM) for the production of vehicles. Over the last 20 years, the amount of land required by the industry has diminished dramatically for a variety of reasons, including more efficient production and reduction in consumer demand as automakers face a surplus of domestic manufacturing capacity. Instead of allowing these often intensely used properties to… Read more
Industry Reads
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Greenfields, Brownfields and Housing DevelopmentDavid Adams, Craig Watkins, RICS Research FoundationBlackwell Publishing This book provides a powerful critique of America’s growing tendency to reduce the debate on housing development to a mere choice between greenfields and brownfield locations. Drawing on theories from economics and political science, Greenfields, Brownfields and Housing Development examines the… Read more
Navigating Brownfield Financing in a Low-Tide Market
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Navigating Brownfield Financing in a Low-Tide Market

Photo courtesy of masterinvestor.co.uk Today’s Market Feels Yesterday’s Mistakes Weeks after the government takeovers of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the impact of the subprime mortgage crisis continues. While the financial downturn affects every avenue of the United States economy, those alleys closest to the real estate market are feeling it the most, even in the relatively removed brownfield market. Scott Beckerman, vice president and manager of… Read more
Star Power
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Star Power

Forget Kermit the Frog’s famous lament.When it comes to attracting celebrity attention for a good cause, it’s not easy being brown. Despite the growing array of movie star activists blogging about their electric cars, solar houses and public displays of affection for trees, brownfield redevelopment has yet to hit it big with the “green” celebrity set. “Brownfields are not a really sexy issue, unless you’re really into development issues!” laughs… Read more
State-of-the-Art Remediation for Brownfield Sites
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State-of-the-Art Remediation for Brownfield Sites

“That land doesn’t mean anything to you?” In “Gone with the Wind,” Scarlett O’Hara learned that “land’s the only thing in the world worth working for, worth fighting for, worth dying for, because it’s the only thing that lasts.” What if a vacant, blighted swath of land, regardless of ownership, could be transformed into a dream home, a beautiful park, or a business? In this article, we are going to… Read more
US & Canadian Marketwatch (1Q 2008)
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US & Canadian Marketwatch (1Q 2008)

Providing you with useful market data at-a-glance: US Metropolitan Office Market   What's Hot   Vacancy Rates   Manhattan 5.1% Honolulu 8.2% Miami 8.6% San Francisco 9.0% Read more
US & Canadian Marketwatch (2Q 2008)
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US & Canadian Marketwatch (2Q 2008)

Providing you with useful market data at-a-glance: US Metropolitan Office Market What's Hot   Vacancy Rates   Manhattan 5.8% Honolulu 8.3% Miami 9.2% San Francisco 9.6% Los Angeles 9.7% Read more
US & Canadian Marketwatch (3Q 2008)
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US & Canadian Marketwatch (3Q 2008)

US Metropolitan Office Market What's Hot   Vacancy Rates   Manhattan 5.9% Honolulu 9.3% Miami 9.9% Los Angeles 10.2% Portland 10.7%       What's Not   Vacancy Rates   Detroit 24.7% Read more
Water, Water Everywhere?
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Water, Water Everywhere?

While in the following pages I will recount a number of serious localized water shortages, I can tell you at the outset, this will not be another gloom-and-doom scenario to which you are treated daily in your local and national news sources. Now, in my 54th year of professional effort in the field of water resource development and protection, I can tell you that while many areas face severe water… Read more

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