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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,…

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…

New Reuse Chapter Looms for Former Columbus, Ohio Coal Facility

Commercial real estate and brownfield redevelopment company acquires 468-acre retired coal-fired power plant site from American Electric Power.

Why A Conservation Group Is Helping Develop Affordable Housing

The Seattle-based environmental organization Forterra (formerly known as Cascade Land Conservancy) is getting into the urban land-banking business. Now, in addition to purchasing undeveloped open space, it's buying property in Northwest cities, with...


Brownfield Public Square

'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…

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…

Land Use Forum Draws Questions

Newfield held its second land use informational forum April 23, where George Frantz, a planning consultant hired by the Newfield Planning Board's for $4,500, led about 25 residents through a heated discussion about site plan review, subdivision and zoning.

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…


Brownfield Stateside

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…

Austin land use commissions grapple with proposed reforms

The two dozen Austinites who signed up for the thankless task of recommending planning and zoning changes to City Council agree on at least one thing: there has to be a better way.

A Step Toward Renewal

“They stopped thinking about it as me and started thinking about it as we.” Two years ago, community members in Fairmont, West Va. decided to address the significant number of…

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…


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