By Stephen Merrill Smith, Esq.
The NSCW session Revitalization of Old Industrial Sites for Multiple Reuse, was filled with great ideas and insights.
Think about how quickly technology is changing and how these high-tech changes can coalesce with brownfield remediation to create walkable/sustainable communities. Many believe walkability is the key to sustainability and how high-tech can help us achieve sustainable communities.
The Internet of Things (IOT) is coming at us fast. Eventually everything will be connected by the IOT and reality will be augmented with information about objects and real estate. Rory Johnston, Langan’s Principal Vice President for Environmental Services told NSCW attendees that the IOT will dominate our world and will transform how we plan and use real estate.
A part of this transformation will be having residential near light industrial. With new manufacturing methods like 3D printing, having residences nearby is possible. There are no smokestacks or loud, dangerous industrial processes associated with 3D printing. As a light-industrial use, 3D printing holds great appeal to millennials who will want to live and work within a walkable, attractive urban core with neighborhood schools. Think beyond our old perceptions of industrial uses. For example, battery storage connected to the grid with solar panels and distributed generation plus new generation batteries could be a homerun for a redeveloping brownfield.