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  • 23 Oct 2016 5:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    by Kevin Zimmerman, Westfair Online (CT)

    Municipalities across the state are increasing their rehabilitation of brown!eld sites, including several notable examples within Fair!eld County.

    The assessment, remediation and redevelopment of such long-vacant properties - some abandoned for dec - into usable and taxable commercial and residential parcels has the potential to revitalize previously ignore estate as never before.

    On the state level, the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) is taking a leading role, doling out grants and loans to qualifying towns and cities "to develop speci!c, actionable plans that will clean multiple brown!elds, leverage private investment, and bring jobs and new economic activity to long-dormant corridors throughout the state," said DECD Deputy Commissioner Tim Sullivan.

    "These sites are everywhere," he said. "We have a process of determining what towns and what projects in tho towns qualify" for !nancial aid. "Generally they apply to us, but if we hear of something that we think we could address, we'll get in contact with them."


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  • 17 Oct 2016 11:53 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    by Nick Roth, Cape Gazette (DE) The public is invited to comment on a proposed brownfield development agreement for a 1.04-acre parcel near Kings Highway and Beach Plum Drive in Lewes. Comments will be accepted through Monday, Oct. 17.

    A coal gasification plant operated on the adjacent property from 1924 to 1932, and coal may have been stored on the site. The property was also home to the Queen Anne Railroad at one time.

    According to Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control documents, the property owner intends to sell to prospective developer Hotel California LLC, which intends to build a bakery/restaurant with second-floor apartments.
    For the entire article, see
  • 30 Sep 2016 4:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    by Joseph Mendez, Huntington Herald-Dispatch (WV)

    Cindy Jeffords, 66, has lived in Huntington's Highlawn neighborhood her whole life.

    When she was growing up, Jeffords said Highlawn was viewed in a much more positive light than it is today.

    In order to change that image, Jeffords and more than 30 others participated in an interactive public workshop Tuesday night at the Community of Grace United Methodist Church in Highlawn.

    Led by the city of Huntington, Huntington Municipal Development Authority and the consulting firm of Stromberg, Garrigan and Associates, residents were asked how Huntington should address its vacant underutilized industrial and brownfields areas around the Highlawn neighborhood.
    For the entire article, see
  • 30 Sep 2016 4:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced an $820,000 brownfields grant to support the assessment and cleanup of abandoned industrial and commercial properties in Philadelphia.

    The brownfields revolving loan fund grant goes to the Philadelphia Authority of Industrial Development (PAID). Philadelphia is one of 131 communities nationwide to receive $55.2 million in EPA brownfields grants this year.

    “Brownfields funding helps communities remove critical barriers to redevelopment and reuse,” said EPA Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin. “This funding supports Philadelphia’s plans for improving the quality of life of residents by reclaiming areas for housing, commercial development and open space and at the same time protecting public health and the environment.”

    Brownfields are properties where real or suspected environmental contamination has prevented productive reuse of those properties.

    Regional Administrator Garvin made the announcement today during a celebration at the Pennovation Works site in Philadelphia where $600,000 in previous EPA brownfields funding was used to help assess and clean up abandoned property.

    Today, Pennovation Works – located adjacent to the University of Pennsylvania – is a unique blend of offices, labs and production space being developed by the university.

    EPA’s Brownfields Program strives to expand the ability of communities to recycle vacant and abandoned properties for new, productive reuses. Investments provide communities with the funding necessary to assess, clean up and redevelop contaminated properties, boost local economies and leverage jobs while protecting public health and the environment.

    Brownfields grants provide resources early on, which is critical for the success of communities’ abilities to leverage additional partnerships and resources. Partnerships between neighborhoods, local developers and governments are essential for impacted communities to acquire the resources needed to meet their revitalization goals.

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  • 27 Sep 2016 10:58 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    by Kent Jackson, Standard-Speaker, Hazleton, Pa. (TNS)

    A local distribution company purchased the former factory and toxic spill site that it had been renting and using as a warehouse at the Valmont Industrial Park in Hazle Township.

    Karchner/Riccetti Partners paid $650,000 for the Chromatex plant.

    Harold Karchner said his firm obtained the building through a lease purchase and will continue using it as a warehouse.

    In accord with the federal Superfund law, Karchner Logistics incurs no liability for the contamination caused by others at the site and will not interfere with the efforts of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to continue cleaning up the site.


    For the entire article, see

  • 27 Sep 2016 10:57 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    by Joseph Bebon, Solar Industry 

    Officials have dedicated a 3 MW solar project built on a 10-acre brownfield site in Westfield, Mass. During a ceremony, Massachusetts Lieutenant-Governor Karyn Polito; Westfield Mayor Brian P. Sullivan; and Mark Noyes, president and CEO of ConEdison Development, developer of the solar project, celebrated completion of the 8,844-panel installation.

    “We applaud Westfield and ConEdison Development for their ingenuity in transforming a brownfield into a source of clean energy and look forward to future projects continuing the growth of the commonwealth’s vibrant solar industry,” said Polito.


    For the entire article, see
  • 07 Sep 2016 3:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    By Kathleen Schassler, Middletown Press (CT)

    The environmental science and engineering firm contracted by the city submitted its final analysis this week for Middletown on the Move, a grant-funded initiative that focuses on brownfield rehabilitation, health education and ideas to create active places and green spaces for residents.

    The city last year won a $143,970 grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to study brownfields for possible recreational reuse. The initiative seeks to create healthier, friendlier neighborhoods that are safe places to walk, bike and be active.

    Brownfields are sites that are vacant or underused because of contamination or potential contamination from oil, chemicals or other toxic substances. Though there are about 200 designed brownfield parcels in the local region, the consultant group has reduced the number of properties considered to six, according to Patrice Barrett, the city’s brownfield community outreach coordinator.


    For the entire article, see

  • 07 Sep 2016 3:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    By Jimmy Lawton, North Country Now (NY) 

    Ogdensburg’s formal designation of a 330-acre brownfield opportunity area designation will enable the city to apply for additional funding to implement development strategic.

    The designated area stretches from the westernmost edge of the City, east to Paterson Street and from the St. Lawrence River shoreline south to Lafayette Street, creating a concentrated area of strategic opportunity within the larger context of the city.

    The BOA includes four strategic districts of brownfields, vacant or underutilized properties all along the city’s waterfront, spanning the St. Lawrence and Oswegatchie.

    Ogdensburg’s BOA is broken into four districts, the Diamond District, Fort District, Marina District and Augsbury District.


    For the entire article, see

  • 07 Sep 2016 2:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    by Dyke Hendrickson, Salem News (MA)

    A $15 million apartment complex that could be among the most environmentally innovative in the country has received final approval from local planning boards, and early-phase construction could begin this fall.

    The Hillside Center for Sustainable Living, to be created by veteran developer David Hall, recently got an OK from the Planning Board to proceed.

    It will offer 48 rental units. In addition, it will provide affordable living quarters for 10 women in a program brokered by the YWCA.

    The parcel sits on about 4.3 acres off Pond Street, near Route 1. 

    “We’re pleased to have the approvals, and now there is a lot of work to do,” said Hall, a major local real estate owner who built the Tannery, among other structures. He is developing the project with business partner Keith Moskow.


    For the entire article, see

  • 25 Aug 2016 10:23 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    New Partners for Community Revitalization President Val Washington said, "The Brownfield Opportunity Area program has truly matured in the last two years, with dozens of designations, renewed funding and valuable brownfield tax credit assistance to help make community visions a reality. Our own recent study demonstrates that this program - unique among the states - is working as designed, and providing real promise for communities that other economic development programs don't reach."

    Read the entire release.

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