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Palmetto Compress Development Pushed Boundaries of Resilience
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Features

Palmetto Compress Development Pushed Boundaries of Resilience

It was formerly a 100-year-old textile warehouse that held 550,000 bales of cotton. It was what the Columbia, S.C. public development coalition called "a very unlikely redevelopment, a non-descript, ugly and old 320,000-sq.-ft. facility." These days it's a thriving 400-plus unit market-rate residential structure that caters to students attending the University of South Carolina's international business school. Yes, the students are getting an education in business—and so is the Columbia… Read more
Brushy Mountain: 'End of the Line' Gets New Beginning
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Brushy Mountain: 'End of the Line' Gets New Beginning

In rural Morgan County, Tenn., a plan has developed that will bring economic development, tourism, and sustainability to the area. The Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary was decommissioned after 113 years of operation, but new plans for the facility include a moonshine distillery, a brewery, a museum, walking trails and a concert venue. These plans will help preserve the valuable, historic character of this special landmark in the mountains of East… Read more
Adding Value in a Commoditized ESA Market
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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 choose goods and services as a function of their cost and quality. In the traditional differentiated marketplace, products that serve… Read more
Once Left For Dead, Overland Park (OH) Site Humming
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Once Left For Dead, Overland Park (OH) Site Humming

This past March, a Renewal and Redevelopment article ("Toledo's Economic Heart is Beating Again") described how the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority was transforming a contaminated former Jeep factory site in North Toledo into the modern Overland Industrial Park. In mid May, Jim Kansichas, CEO of Dana Corp., announced that a new axle manufacturing facility serving Jeep Wrangler, will not only become the project's first occupant for the existing 100,000 square… Read more
Kentucky Agency: Rating Sites for Redevelopment Potential
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Kentucky Agency: Rating Sites for Redevelopment Potential

But, before that can happen, these properties need to have assessments done to determine what, if any, contaminants are present at the site. In 2009 and 2011, the Cumberland Valley Area Development District (CVADD) in Kentucky, received a $200,000 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Brownfields Assessment Grant to conduct Phase I and Phase II assessments on potential brownfield sites throughout the CVADD region. The region is comprised of eight Kentucky… Read more
Tackling Brownfields in Appalachia: A Decades-Old Challenge
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Tackling Brownfields in Appalachia: A Decades-Old Challenge

 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. Without hesitation, experts well-versed in economic development and real estate could rattle off in quick order a laundry list of the challenges to redeveloping brownfields in Appalachia: legally-complicated and environmentally-decrepit sites left wasting away for too long; no available funding resources or deep pockets interested… Read more
Investing in the  Brownfields Land Bank
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Cover Story

Investing in the Brownfields Land Bank

Many communities are making brownfields redevelopment a priority in order to maximize the many benefits of accommodating growth in existing communities. Many communities have also established land banks to manage and dispose of vacant property. However, the promotion of brownfields redevelopment through a land bank mechanism is almost completely unexplored territory. As the federal government attempts to change the tax structure to favor “re-shoring” (attracting manufacturing back to the US),… Read more
Abandoned Gas Stations Fueling Renewed Economic Development
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Features

Abandoned Gas Stations Fueling Renewed Economic Development

Abandoned gas stations that once flourished during our country’s economic boon are once again presenting opportunities to help refuel economic development for many struggling communities. Through the use of multi-site planning, a strong dose of community involvement, and coordinated public-private efforts, once-deserted gas stations sites are being cleaned up and put to new uses, bringing with it jobs and economic vitality. Approximately 50,000 – 75,000 U.S. gas stations have closed… Read more
Lynwood, Calif.: New Urban Vision on the Horizon, if...
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Lynwood, Calif.: New Urban Vision on the Horizon, if...

The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry. It's a time-honored line from John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men," a story of two displaced migrant ranch workers during the Great Depression in California. Life can truly imitate art, and you don't have to leave the state of California for proof, as the city of Lynwood, Calif. is living its own version "Of Mice and Men." That's because… Read more
A New Era for Pontiac
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A New Era for Pontiac

When the Smurfit-Stone paper mill closed in November 2008 in Portage-du-Fort, Quebec, a small village in the Pontiac Region one hour outside of the nation’s capital in Ottawa, the economic impact was devastating. The closing of the four-decade old mill left some 500 area residents unemployed, sending the region’s unemployment rate skyrocketing to more than 20 percent. Today, the future is much brighter in Portage-du-Fort as the abandoned mill no… Read more
Measuring Redevelopment Benefits: The Search for Data
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Measuring Redevelopment Benefits: The Search for Data

"What gets measured gets managed"—Peter Drucker Across the nation, efforts to characterize the benefits of redeveloped brownfields challenges state government and the brownfield professionals everywhere. While many laudable efforts to capture the potential benefits are legion, there is yet to be a state directed effort to capture the collective benefit. But there is a bright spot on the horizon. In the spring of 2008, New Jersey, through its Office of… Read more

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