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  • 18 Jul 2017 1:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    by Nicole Gugino,Dunkirk Observer (NY)

    It looks like the lawsuit that prevented a developer from locating in one neighborhood in the city of Dunkirk has not prevented it from setting sights on another. 

    Neighbors rallied against Great Lake Cold Storage building a freezer facility for Fieldbrook Foods on the empty lot between Central Avenue, Fairview Avenue and Main Street Extension, culminating in an Article 78 lawsuit. 

    >Many residents at the time suggested an ideal location for the development would be the former Atwater warehouse on Roberts Road. Even Mayor Willie Rosas said if the brownfield had been remediated prior to the developer’s interest it would have been everyone’s first choice.

    For the entire article, see

  • 18 Jul 2017 1:42 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Construction of condominiums, marina slated to begin in fall

    by Mike Hibbard, Finger Lake Times (NY)

    Several years after a plan to build condominiums and a marina at the former Penn Yan Boat Company site was first pitched, construction could begin later this summer.

    Earlier this month, village officials signed closing papers selling the property to Chris Iversen, owner of Gorham-based Iversen Construction. Iversen entered into an agreement with Penn Yan and Yates County through a subsidiary, Keuka Outlet Development, LLC.

    Iversen plans to build 42 condo units, a clubhouse and marina at the site, which was home to Penn Yan Boats for nearly 80 years. Iversen has done a number of other high-profile projects in the village, including the Birkett Landing apartment complex along the Keuka Lake Outlet on Water Street and the new Hampton Inn hotel on the lake.

    The village previously received funding from the state’s Environmental Cleanup Reserve for remedial work at the site, which was a brownfield area. The state Department of Environmental Conservation later issued a certificate of completion for the work.
    For the entire article, see

  • 10 Jul 2017 5:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    by Charles Winokoor, Taunton Gazette (MA)

    Kayaks and canoes should be slipping into the Taunton River by mid-September when the new Weir Village Riverfront Park on West Water Street opens to the public, according to Kevin Shea, Taunton’s economic and community development executive director.

    The “passive recreation” public park, Shea said, will feature a 16-foot-wide boat ramp catering to kayaks and canoes with a separate aluminum gangway and a floating dock; a 1,000-foot-long paved walking path running parallel to the river; a sidewalk near the street; a small plaza in the middle with granite benches; and elevated lights running along the riverbank fence and in other areas.

    The city became burdened with what eventually was deemed a contaminated brownfield site on the banks of the Taunton River — after the silver-plating company closed shop in 1986 and left the place vacant.

    For the entire article, see

  • 10 Jul 2017 5:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The disposition of the property comes three years after Lincoln Equities and Real Capital acquired it from Dow Chemical subsidiary Union Carbide.

    by Barbra Murray, Commercial Property Executive

    Lincoln Equities Group and partner Real Capital Solutions just pocketed $57 million on the sale of a 228-acre industrial site in Piscataway, N.J. The partners sold the fully entitled property to The Rockefeller Group, which plans to invest as much as $250 million to develop the site.

    The disposition of the property, located off Interstate 287 at 171 River Rd., comes three years after Lincoln Equities and Real Capital acquired it from Dow Chemical subsidiary Union Carbide. The former brownfield site—which Union Carbide fully restored following the closing of a Bakelite plastics manufacturing plant in 1939—has been closed since the 1960s. While most industrial real estate developers were targeting the Interstate 95 corridor, Lincoln Equities saw an opportunity for the Interstate 287 corridor.

    For the entire article, see

  • 07 Jul 2017 2:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    New developer eyes Arbors of Cottagedale Apartments project

    by Maddy Lauria, Cape Gazette (DE)

    A 168-unit apartment complex off Plantation Road that would offer affordable housing in the Lewes area is facing more delays as a new developer eyes the project.

    The Arbors of Cottagedale Apartments, originally approved with a conditional use by Sussex County officials in 2009, is slated to be built on a current brownfield site. The current owner, CB Lewes LLC, plans to sell the site to a new developer, thus requiring a new brownfield development agreement with the state Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, said DNREC Site Investigation and Restoration Administrator Tim Ratsep.

    For the entire article, see

  • 23 May 2017 11:21 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    by Tom Johnson

    Budget proposal shifts $6 million from Global Warming Solutions Fund to general budget to help restore contaminated sites

    The Christie administration is putting cleaning up contaminated brownfields ahead of trying to ease climate change in its current budget proposal.

    In language in the fiscal year 2018 budget, the administration is shifting $6 million in unexpended funds in the Global Warming Solutions Fund to the general budget to provide assistance to developers seeking to return contaminated sites to productive use.

    It is not the first, nor probably the last time clean energy funds have been diverted by the administration. Since its inception, it has shifted approximately $1.5 billion in such funds to other purposes, largely to close holes in the state budget. Just last week, the administration announced it was dipping into the state’s Clean Energy Fund, yet again, this time to the tune of $50 million to cover a shortfall in this year’s spending plan, which ends June 30.

    The latest budgetary diversion is being done to provide aid to projects that will clean up contaminated brownfields, vacant lands that developers plan to convert to economic uses.

    The brownfields program is a two-decade old law that provides tax-increment financing to reimburse developer for up to 75 percent of the cost of cleaning up hazardous wastes on abandoned or underused industrial or commercial properties. It used to be funded by a portion of the corporate business tax, but that money is now being used to preserve open spaces and farmland, another indication of shifting priorities in developing an annual state budget.

    The Global Warming Solutions Fund was financed by a tax on power plants that emitted pollution contributing to climate change under a multistate effort known as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

    Gov. Chris Christie pulled New Jersey out of the program in 2011, calling it a tax on utility customers. Prior to pulling out, New Jersey had received $113 million from the program for various clean-energy initiatives, but some of the money was never spent. Most of the money never went to its intended purposes, however, according to the New Jersey Office of Legislative Services.

    If lawmakers get their way, New Jersey will rejoin RGGI under a bill (A-4701) that cleared the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee on Thursday. The legislation, opposed by business lobbyists for potentially increasing energy costs, is unlikely to be signed by the Republican governor, who has blocked efforts to rejoin the initiative in the past.

    The measure enjoys broad support from Democratic lawmakers, clean-energy advocates, and environmentalists, however, who hope to see it enacted by a new governor early next year.

    New Jersey has set a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050. In a report put out by the state Department of Environmental Protection, the RGGI program was identified as one of the crucial components of achieving that goal.

  • 12 May 2017 1:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On May 4, 2017, NJSWEP and BCONE Co-Hosted the annual NJDEP Regulatory Update. The event is well-attended each year and presenters provide up-to-date information on the current regulatory environment at the NJDEP. You can view a copy of each presentation by clicking on the following links:

    Sana Qureshi, Site Remediation & Waste Management Program > SRWMP-Update-2017.pdf

    Rich Boornazian, National and History Resources > Natural-History-Resources-Update-2017.pdf

    Dave Rosenblatt, DEP Engineering and Construction > Engineering-Construction-Update-2017.pdf

    Ginger Kop'kash, Land Use Management > Land-Use-Regulatory-Update-2017.pdf

    Frank Steitz, Division of Air Quality > Air-Quality-Rule-Update-2017.pdf

    Ray Bukowski, Compliance and Enforcement > Compliance-Enforcement-Updates-2017.PDF

    Gladys Giron, Office of Communications > Social-Media-Update-2017.pdf

    Dan Kennedy, Water Resource Management > Water-Resource-Mgmt-Update-2017.pdf

  • 09 May 2017 4:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    by Ross Hoffman;City Limits (NY)

    New York City is experiencing an affordable-housing crisis: working-class neighborhoods are being redeveloped into luxury apartment buildings. As a result, property values increase, leading to rising rents. The original residents of the community have two options: struggle to pay the rent or face eviction. 

    It is not a coincidence that the number of homeless New Yorkers sleeping each night in municipal shelters is 78 percent higher than it was ten years ago. This number is even higher if you include people sleeping on a friend’s sofa. There are over 60,000 homeless people living in New York City. 

    Many of the homeless are employed with decent jobs, such as security guards and assistant teachers, but after paying the family’s bills are unable to afford rising rents. These working-class New Yorkers end up in overcrowded and cramped homeless shelters. Since the 1980s, the city has been supplementing the shelters by placing homeless people into hotels – clearly a problem exists.

    For the entire column, see

  • 08 May 2017 11:05 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone today announced that the Suffolk County Landbank has issued a request for proposal (RFP) to revitalize nine blighted, environmentally distressed sites in the Towns of Babylon, Brookhaven and Islip that have been tax-delinquent for an average of 16 years. This is the second time the Landbank has issued a series of RFPs with the intention of placing blighted properties back on the tax roll to improve the region’s economy and facilitate the clean-up of potentially environmentally challenged sites. Proposals are due on June 12, 2017.

    “We will use every tool in our arsenal to revitalize these neglected properties into tax-paying entities and transform each community,” said County Executive Bellone.  “I encourage anyone interested to submit their proposal to the Suffolk County Landbank as we continue to make progress is restoring promise to these locations."

    For the entire article, see

  • 01 May 2017 10:52 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    by Mike Despond, WBFO Public Radio (Buffalo, NY)

    If you head east on Broadway from downtown Buffalo, you won't go very far before you see a very large tract of green grass on your left. That seemingly open land near an old theater may be the eventual home of 189  housing units.

    Developers are calling it The Forge on Broadway. The name is in remembrance of the vast industrial complex once on the land. That was Buffalo Forge, a pioneer in ventilation and air conditioning and eventually sold out of town, with the building left to rot for decades before being demolished.

    For the entire article, see

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