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  • 28 Aug 2017 1:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    by Steve Dwyer 

    “Do no harm” transcends the oath of responsibility physicians vow to uphold. In the environmental realm, this oath is equally applicable, serving as the responsibility of all brownfield stakeholders. No project is a one-size-fits-all, and each comes with its own set of circumstances. Knowledge is power among environmental practitioners. 

    Protecting, even expanding, federal funding for brownfields is the X factor, and this critical funding is currently in a tenuous state of flux.   

    In the industrial belt states that represent BCONE’s footprint, marshaling support for funding has an imminent call to arms. Reading the tea leaves took an ominous turn when President Trump this July urged Ohioans during a trip to the state to tear down aging factories—rationalizing that it serve as the first step to bring new jobs to the state.

    Not so fast. Tearing down old factories does not subscribe to the rubric of “do no harm.” A host of these legacy properties are riddled with hidden toxins requiring a prudent environmental game plan—a plan that can only proceed with appropriate funding. Unless some new development enters the picture, Trump’s 2018 budget will call for slashing USEPA’s Superfund and brownfields program funding streams. 

    Moreover, funding cuts would result in key U.S. EPA staff reduction and a significant amount of decades-long agency intelligence and experience along with it. These are professionals who fully grasp how to fluently navigate and proceed with industrial cleanups—all with the endgame of returning dilapidated industrial sites to productive use—from mixed use to light industrial. And, while also protecting the health of workers and nearby residents.

    In the name of economic, social and environmental results that smart-growth redevelopment advocates assure, contact your federal representatives to ensure that your voice is heard and that they are working diligently to protect and enhance the federal brownfield budget. 

  • 28 Aug 2017 12:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    by Maya Rajamani, dnaInfo (NY)

    A developer who secured an $8 million tax credit for cleaning up a contaminated lot on the West Side plans to build a 57-story tower at the site.

    Silverstein Properties last week filed for permits to construct a mixed-use tower on the site of a former Mercedes dealership at 520 W. 41st St., between 10th and 11th avenues, city Department of Buildings records show.

    In 2016, Silverstein received $8,028,106 in publicly funded tax credits through the state’s Brownfield Cleanup Program for cleaning up the site, a state Department of Environmental Conservation spokeswoman said on Monday.

    For the entire article, see
  • 28 Aug 2017 12:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    by Stephen Williams, Schenectady Daily Gazette (NY)

    The state Department of Environmental Conservation is starting its own review of plans to clean up the contaminated site along the Mohawk River where a controversial multi-unit housing development is being proposed.

    DEC is seeking public comment on a brownfields cleanup program application filed by Prime Mohawk LLC of Cohoes, the entity that wants to build a 228-unit development on 84 acres at Mohawk Avenue and Maritime Drive. If DEC approves, the program could provide state income tax credits to the developer for cleanup of the former industrial site, so that condominiums or apartments could be built there.

    A roughly 34-acre portion of the site is contaminated with PCBs, petroleum residues, volatile organics and metals including mercury, lead and silver, according to DEC. By all accounts, all the contamination has to be removed before any kind of residential development can occur there.

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  • 28 Aug 2017 12:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    by Caroline Spivack, dna info (NY)

    A contaminated Con Edison site that once housed a 19th century baseball stadium is finally slated for an environmental cleanup, officials with the state Department of Environmental Conservation announced. 

    Con Edison's Yard Service Center - bound by First and Third streets and Third and Fourth avenues - will undergo a cleanse as part of the state's Brownfield Cleanup Program, which gives developers tax breaks in exchange for reviving polluted land. 

    State officials are taking public comment through Sept. 8 on how to investigate the site's contamination. 


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  • 28 Aug 2017 12:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    by Conor Berry, MassLive(MA)

    The not-for-profit corporation overseeing the redevelopment of Ludlow Mills, the largest brownfield project in New England, continues to seek and secure funding to overhaul the sprawling mill complex bordering the Chicopee River.

    That was the word from Eric Nelson, president and CEO of Westmass Area Development Corporation, at a recent selectmen's meeting, where he updated the board on funding plans and ongoing work at the 170-acre site between the river and State Street.

    Much has happened since Westmass bought the property six years ago, according to Nelson. "I believe the board would agree that we're on the upward trend there as far as development," he told selectmen Aug. 8.


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  • 28 Aug 2017 12:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    by Sylvia Carignan, BNA Daily Environment Report™

    Confusion, inconsistency and a lack of direction from the EPA kept investors away from about $11 million in potential brownfields cleanup funding, according to the agency’s inspector general.

    Millions in brownfields grants sit unused in city, county and state accounts, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of the Inspector General reported Aug. 23, meaning millions less for borrowers to invest in site cleanup and land reuse.

    “These funds are not being placed into active use as frequently and as fully as they could be and they should be,” Michael Goldstein, managing shareholder of the Goldstein Environmental Law Firm, told Bloomberg BNA.

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  • 21 Aug 2017 3:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    by Barry Hersh

    Connecticut has joined the growing number of states utilizing Land Banks to encourage redevelopment. On July 5, 2017, Governor Malloy signed legislation allowing for the establishment of local nonprofit land banks that would collaborate with cities and towns to acquire, remediate and redevelop some of the contaminated, or "brownfield,'' sites in the state.  Last year Malloy vetoed an earlier version due to tax treatment issues; the signed law resolved those concerns and creates a new mechanism to encourage more brownfield redevelopment; facilitating the use of $200-million in funding Connecticut has recently allocated to brownfields.

    The new law allows qualified local Land Banks to operate as private non-stock corporations which are likely to apply for federal 501(c) 3 non-profit status; and be eligible for state and local grants, accept tax exempt contributions and may be exempt from local real estate taxes.  Land Banks can help clear title and tax liens, assemble properties, raise funds and facilitate remediation, making these sites more ready for redevelopment.   Connecticut currently has one state-wide Land Bank, but the new law allows local qualified Land Banks to serve one or more municipalities – a unique feature designed for a state that does not have county governments. The Connecticut land bank legislation was put forth by the State Brownfield Working Group in collaboration with the state’s offices of environment, economic development and policy, as well as legislative committees.  Qualified non-profit Land Banks are distinct from the private owner and institutional practice sometimes called “land-banking”, acquiring property for long term future development.

    There are a growing number, now about 170, of qualified non-profit Land Banks in the United States, many at the county level in Michigan and Ohio, aimed primarily at the acquisition and reuse of vacant, abandoned residential lots in distressed communities. The Connecticut law mainly targets former industrial and other brownfields where municipalities may be reluctant to take title.  New York’s Empire State Development Corporation recently increased to 25 the number of authorized county Land Banks, some of which have received funding through the Attorney General Office’s dispersal of banks’ foreclosure settlement funds. There are also self-described Community Land Banks which tend to focus on preserving and promoting community gardens and urban open space. Overall, Land Banks have become an important tool for communities to take on various types of challenging redevelopment projects.

    Barry Hersh, NYU SPS Schack Institute of Real Estate, has a new book, Urban Redevelopment, which will be published by Routledge on 9/6/17.  Mr. Hersh is a long-time member of BCONE and spoke at the 2017 NSCW (as well as at previous NSCWs).

    BCONE Advisory Board Member Dave Hurley (Fuss & O’Neill) is an  active members of the CT Brownfield Working Group responsible for the legislation described above.  It is chaired by BCONE member Gary O’Connor, Esq.  of Pullman & Comley.

  • 21 Aug 2017 3:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    by Nicole Gugino, Dunkirk Observer

    Not every community has a major resource like Lake Erie on its door step, and even fewer have the untapped potential of the city of Dunkirk’s waterfront. 

    A plan to make Dunkirk’s waterfront a destination and its Central Avenue business district a corridor to that attraction is in the final stages.

    The city started phase two of the Brownfield Opportunity Area planning process over a year ago and according to Planning and Development Director Rebecca Yanus, she expects to have the final draft for review any day now before passing it on to the state for final approval.

    For the entire article, see
  • 09 Aug 2017 2:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    by Steve Dwyer

    Interim-use brownfields aren’t applicable for every development schema. If you can capitalize on it though, project stakeholders should take full advantage—particularly in densely populated urban settings where individuals don’t have to travel far to take advantage of the interim-use site.

    A recent interim-use scenario in the Northeast footprint of BCONE caught our attention: The Hoboken, N.J. Northwest Resiliency Park project. The long-term plan envisions a one-two punch of addressing flooding issues in the northwestern area of Hoboken with a stormwater retention plan as well as providing residents with a green recreational component. The properties are currently undergoing focused Remedial Action activities by BASF, the former property owner. Following the completion of the remedial action, the property was deemed safe for the community’s use by North Brunswick, New Jersey’s Excel Environmental Resources Inc.’s Licensed Site Remediation Professional (LSRP).

    The short-term planning process is underway to create a temporary four-acre “pop-up” park so that the Hoboken community can start enjoying the benefits of the green space this summer. The goal of the park is to provide a fun and safe recreational area for the enjoyment of the Hoboken community for the next two to three years while the long-term plan proceeds.

    The long-term Hoboken redevelopment, meantime, solves two issues within one ambitious lens: Create open space in a dense urban footprint and build green stormwater infrastructure and subsurface detention to reduce stormwater runoff in the city—long as bugaboo in this city.

    Interim-use strategies are helping to breathe life into this project—a concept that has great upside if applicable and if properly executed by its stakeholders. 

  • 09 Aug 2017 2:28 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    by Joseph S. Siegel, Sun Chronicle (MA)

    The town has been given a $100,000 brownfields redevelopment grant from the state to assess an industrial mill site off Maple Avenue.

    The 105,000-square-foot building which had housed the Attleboro Dyeworks and Finishing Company caught fire in May 2012.

    The town hopes to redevelop the property into mixed-income housing and retail space that would provide access to the Ten Mile River.

    For the entire article, see

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