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  • 30 Oct 2017 2:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    by Kenneth Laks, CPA Journal

    New York’s Brownfield Cleanup Program was initiated over a decade ago to encourage private enterprise to redevelop contaminated properties and revitalize their surrounding communities. The program was recently extended, providing greater certainty that the incentives will continue to exist in the future, albeit at a lower level. Financial advisors of taxpayers with qualifying property should become familiar with the new requirements and engage the services of engineering consultants to maximize the potential tax benefits.

    In April 2015, New York passed its annual budget, which included a 10-year extension of the Brownfield Cleanup Program. The state tax credits available for developers who clean up and build on contaminated sites were supposed to expire at the end of 2015, but now have the necessary funding to continue.

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  • 30 Oct 2017 2:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Project is an example of the successful reuse of a brownfield site for the production of renewable energy.

    Waste Today Staff, Construction & Demolition Recycling

    Rochester, New York, Mayor Lovely A. Warren celebrated the completion of the city’s new solar field, Oct. 25, 2017, which will help power City Hall and divert more than 2,000 tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. 

    Located at the former Emerson Street Landfill, the new solar field holds more than 7,800 solar panels that will generate approximately 3 million kilowatt hours of electricity annually. The field was built and will be owned and operated by AES Distributed Energy of Boulder, Colo., which is working with Solar Liberty of Buffalo as its subcontractor. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority provided financial support to the project.

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  • 30 Oct 2017 2:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    by Paul Tuthill, WAMC/Northeast Public Radio 

    The largest brownfields mill redevelopment in New England is said to be ahead of schedule. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker visited the project in Ludlow Thursday. 

    Baker helped cut a ceremonial red ribbon to mark the formal opening of 75 apartments in a formerly vacant 110-year-old brick building that is part of the Ludlow Mills Preservation and Redevelopment project. 

    After touring one of the model apartments that feature restored original brick walls, columns and beams, new insulated floor-to-ceiling windows, and loading docks converted to patios, Baker pronounced it “a spectacular reuse of an historic building.”

    The apartments, which are restricted for rent by people age 50 and older, are in high demand in Massachusetts, where the governor noted that 30 percent of the population is over age 60.

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  • 27 Oct 2017 1:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    by Nicholas Buonanno, Troy Record (NY)

    Village officials said they are happy the Department of Environmental Conservation has officially started the process of performing brownfield cleanup work on Osgood Avenue.

    Sean Ward, who is the executive assistant to Green Island Mayor Ellen McNulty-Ryan, said this proposal is for the south end of Center Island, closer to the Green Island Bridge. Peter Luizzi & Bros. Contracting of Albany is proposing the nearly $60 million Starbuck Island Apartments development project, a proposed 270 housing unit development near the Hudson River. The location on Osgood Avenue was once home to a century-old oil terminal site.

    “Right now they are still in the planning process,” said Ward. “What they’re doing there is ... a brownfield cleanup under the direction of DEC. Simultaneously, they’re going through the planning process right now and it was presented to the Green Island Planning Board this past Monday and they tabled it; they allowed the introduction of it, but they tabled it until next month because the village board set a public hearing for Nov. 20 at 6:30 p.m.”

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  • 24 Oct 2017 12:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    by Jonathan D. Epstein, Buffalo News (NY)

    A proposal to construct a five-story apartment building with retail space and underground parking at the intersection of Hertel and Parkside avenues has stirred anger in the North Buffalo neighborhood because its height would exceed city limits.

    The Dalys say they need the extra apartments and height to generate more revenues, offsetting the high cost per-square-foot of the remediation under the state's Brownfield Cleanup Program, including the removal of four underground gas tanks. For the same reason, they also want the project to take up the entire lot, without putting in any greenspace or landscaping. The Green Code requires at least 10 percent greenspace.

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  • 19 Oct 2017 12:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    by Steve Dwyer

    A landfill conversion is a high-risk, high-reward proposition. Prudent end use decision-making is paramount—all the time balancing social with economic impacts. 

    This prudent progression comes to mind when examining projects like the former Marble Quarry Landfill Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) site in Tuckahoe, New York. The property illustrates the inherent challenges facing New York State’s—and all other states’—extensive program to rehabilitate contaminated brownfields sites.  And, this redevelopment effort shines a light on the task that all stakeholders face in end-use decision-making. 

    First some background: Remediation of the landfill is fragmented into three parts. A hotel developer enrolled in the BCP as a volunteer is remediating its own property, but “is not responsible for investigating or remediating off-site contamination that has migrated from the BCP site, or that was disposed off-site (i.e., the remainder of the landfill).”

    In the absence of finding and holding accountable a responsible party, the Department of EnvironmentalConservation (DEC) is addressing the other two parts using state Superfund money. 

    Bilwin Development Affiliates purchased 3.45 acres in the middle of theelongated property, successfully applying for inclusion of those acres in New York State’s DEC Brownfields Cleanup Program. Bilwin, with support from village leaders, is building a 153-room, multi-storyMarriott Springhill Suites hotel, a restaurant, and parking lots totaling about 200 spaces.

    As part of the Remedial ActionWork Plan prepared by Bilwin’s consultants, a published report stated that they excavated 10 so-called “hot spots;" capped the former landfill with buildings, concrete, and other impermeable surfaces; embarked upon vapor mitigation for the hotel and restaurant buildings; and established institutional controls and a site management plan.

    At a spring 2016 public meeting, community members opposed the project, believing it would provide insufficient protection of public health, and that the remedy was incomplete since only one-half of the landfill was being addressed. According to a published report, the concern was that construction, involving dozens of pilings penetrating the landfill, would disturb and spread contamination.  Also of concern was the need for construction plan details regarding the compaction of the soil with heavy weights, which had not been worked out. Community consensus also generated concern that the plan did not address the migration of groundwater and vapors off site.

    Those tasked with evaluating the project said they “are not convinced that the routes of potential exposure have been fullycharacterized. Even if the remedy for a landfill is appropriate, that doesn’t mean that it is safe in the long run to build work or living spaces on property with uncertain contaminant distribution and likely settling and off-gassing. This is why most communities redevelop old landfill sites into parks and other open spaces.”

    Therein lies the tricky task of pinpointing end use decision-making in the context of the historical background. A passive-use strategy for these types of parcels has proven successful in many instances—including former landfills that have been converted into golf courses, which avoids the “trap” of building living spaces on property with uncertain contaminant distribution. A golf course is one way to stimulate economic engines as well, via the green fees and other revenue. Indeed, stimulating economic impacts is often a vital and necessary endgame, particularly for communities needing to ratchet up their coffers. 

    Opting for social-oriented drivers—promoting green space and its residual quality-of-life components—might not generate the tax dollars desired at the time, but this course of action could win friends for generations.

  • 18 Oct 2017 12:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    by John Lippman, Valley News 

    Appropriately enough, the midday sun was shining on a recent Friday in South Strafford, where a few dozen people had gathered at the periphery of the bowl-shaped Elizabeth Mine property. As they looked upon a sea of nearly 20,000 glistening black solar panels covering the now-abandoned mine, it was a gratifying moment.

    Elizabeth Mine, whose excavations left a moonscape of waste rock and tailings that leached orange effluent into nearby streams, is a “brownfield” that has been transformed into a “greenfield” that will generate 5 megawatts of electricity — enough to power about 1,200 Vermont homes annually — for decades to come, according to its promoters.

    Joined by contractors, government officials, business executives, project consultants and a smattering of curious town residents, Dori Wolfe, an energy consultant and Strafford resident who championed the $18 million solar project, stood in front of the crowd and extolled the mine site’s rebirth.

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  • 18 Oct 2017 12:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    by Larry Robinson, Watertown Daily Times (NY)

    City planning officials are teaming up with the St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency in hopes of rehabilitating the former Newell Manufacturing building on Paterson Street into a turnkey industrial facility that could be marketed to Canadian businesses.

    The project is one of two the municipality is seeking state grant money for in an effort to bring new economic development to the community.

    Also being sought by city planning officials is some $5.5 million in grant money, that, if secured, would be used to complete environmental cleanup and infrastructure work at the city’s Diamond-Shade Roller brownfield site.

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  • 03 Oct 2017 11:16 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    by Steve Dwyer

    Redevelopments that incorporate green space have become a core aspect of successful single- or mixed-use blueprints. Striking that balance is a compelling aspect when considering the acute flooding that occurred in the aftermath of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.  

    Might your susceptible mid-Atlantic community—located perhaps in the shadow of an ocean, river, lake or stream—be the next Houston or Florida Keys? A strong planning vision promulgated by the private-public partnership can not only avert disaster but also provide social and environmentally-friendly amenities to benefit the local community.

    This type of planning takes on extra urgency when considering the long-range growth plan of Houston, Texas, which dubs itself “the city with no limits.” It’s the largest U.S. city with no zoning ordinances, all part of a hands-off approach to urban planning that might have its upside; but, might have contributed to catastrophic flooding from Hurricane Harvey that left thousands of residents in harm’s way.

    Growth that is virtually unchecked, including that in flood-prone areas, has diminished land’s already-limited natural ability to absorb water. A city’s drainage system duly suffers as most are not designed to handle the massive storms that are increasingly common.

    The systemic problem transcends just a green space conversation, it includes a developer’s commercial or residential construction approach. A developer who grasps the magnitude of potential flooding establishes a building plan that comes equipped with necessary buffers—think about the implementation of a crawl space and the elevation of properties above ground level.

    While it’s laudable to have autonomy when you dub yourself a “city with no limits,” well-thought-out zoning laws are actually our friend, not our hindrance as they provide necessary and vital controls.

    Plan ahead with a smart, working vision to avert disaster that stems from tropical storms and hurricanes. Superstorm Sandy of 2012 might have impacted you. Thus, it serves as a compelling reminder.

    EDITOR’s NOTE:  If you are attending the Oct. 13, 2017, ANJEC Environmental Congress, you’ll hear from Mayor Dawn Zimmer of Hoboken, NJ about her municipality’s experience during Superstorm Sandy  and the work going on now to protect the city for the future. 

  • 28 Sep 2017 11:21 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    by Lenny Siegel

    The Former Marble Quarry Landfill Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) site in Tuckahoe, New York illustrates the inherent challenges facing New York State’s extensive program to rehabilitate contaminated brownfields sites. Remediation of the former landfill is fragmented into three parts. The hotel developer enrolled in the BCP as a volunteer is remediating its own property, but “is not responsible for investigating or remediating off-site contamination that has migrated from the BCP site, or that was disposed off-site (i.e., the remainder of the landfill).”

    To download the 7-oage, 5.6 MB report, go to

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