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  • 22 Sep 2017 2:02 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    by Evan Brandt, Posstown Mercury (PA)

    Borough council has voted to move ahead with acquiring land at 860 Cross St., which has chemical contamination in the soil and groundwater, for use as part of an expansion of Pollock Park.

    The property is roughly .86 acres and from 1971 until 1995 the property was a polyurethane sealant manufacturing plant, according to an environmental assessment of the property completed in July.

    In 2001, trichloroethylene, better known as TCE, was discovered in the soil and groundwater at the site; and in 2003, polychlorinated biphenyls, better known as PCBs were found in the soil, according to the report.

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  • 20 Sep 2017 9:59 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    by Ron MacArthur, Cape Gazette (DE)

    Site work is underway on Covered Bridge Trails off Tulip Drive near Lewes. Residents of the community will use the county's one and only covered bridge for access.

    Located behind Dutch Acres and St. Jude the Apostle Church along Route 1, the 55-plus community will contain 43 single-family homes and a mix of 91 duplexes and townhomes. The total number of units was reduced by Sussex County Council from 147 to 134 as a condition of approval.

    At its Dec. 15, 2016 meeting, council voted for an ordinance to grant rezoning from AR-1 to MR and a conditional use for multifamily housing to Ocean Atlantic Communities LLC, developers of the project.

    Access to the community would be off Route 1 via Tulip Drive, an entrance shared by the church and the Dutch Acres and Villas of Taramino communities. The bridge over wetlands at the entrance will be 180 feet long.

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  • 08 Sep 2017 10:22 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    by Jeanette DeForge, MassLive

    Work has begun to clean up hazardous waste on a small piece of land identified as a vital link in the efforts to redevelop the West End of Chicopee Center.

    The property at 181 Center St. housed a gas station dating back to the 1920s and has been vacant since 2004, when pumps and three underground tanks were removed. The city foreclosed on the property, owned by Racing Oil LLC, in 2009 for a lack of payment of taxes.

    "The cleanup and subsequent redevelopment of the Racing Oil property is a crucial endeavor to diminishing the environmental hazard and promoting economic development in the West End," said city planner Lee Pouliot.

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  • 08 Sep 2017 10:19 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    by Dyke Hendrickson, Newburyport Daily News (MA)

    Many recreational parks here might be considered gifts from nature but the “new” Perkins Park exists as a resource that has been developed, in part, through repurposing “brownfield” acreage from a troubled past.

    Located on Beacon Avenue and overlooking the tidal harbor, the park is about 10.1 acres.

    In 1945, the park was named after Edward G. Perkins, a longtime city councilor who spent many years in service to the community. He served on the City Council from 1912 to 1953, according to city records, and rarely has an elected representative had such a long tenure on the volunteer board.

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  • 08 Sep 2017 10:17 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    by Alana Melanson, Lowell Sun (MA)

    It took the town years to find groups interested in transforming the Katrina Road brownfield site, and now three are vying for the opportunity. 

    Because the former industrial site requires a $1 million hazardous-waste cleanup, MassDevelopment will ultimately have the final say over which -- if any -- of these projects will move forward, according to Town Manager Paul Cohen.

    The town acquired the slightly more than 3-acre parcel at 27 Katrina Road through tax title in 2006. It was formerly a manufacturing site for Silicon Transistor Corporation. The building was demolished in 2011, and more than $1 million in federal and state funds have been spent to clean the site. 

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  • 08 Sep 2017 10:12 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    by Akiko Matsuda, Journal News (NY)

    A former chemical manufacturing plant site on the Ardsley border has been sold to a Missouri-based firm that specializes in brownfield redevelopment. 

    And local residents, including Greenburgh town Supervisor Paul Feiner, are hoping to convince the new owner to build a solar farm there. 

    "There's going to be controversy over any major development," Feiner said. "But a solar farm, nobody would object to it." 

    For the entire article, see
  • 08 Sep 2017 10:09 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Albany Times-Union (NY)

    State officials are accepting comments on a proposal to clean up a brownfield at Mohawk Avenue and Maritime Drive in the hamlet of Alphas.

    The Department of Environmental Conservation is considering a proposal from Prime Mohawk LLC for the cleanup.

    According to a document filed with the town of Glenville last month, the Cohoes firm has proposed a waterfront development district along the Mohawk River to include about 160 residential rental units, 31 single family lots, 37 townhouses, a clubhouse and pool, public playground, basketball and tennis courts, a gazebo area, boat showroom and boat storage.

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  • 08 Sep 2017 10:04 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    by Nicole Gugino, Dunkirk Observer (NY) 

    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

  • 08 Sep 2017 10:01 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    NIAGARA FALLS: Residents trying to be patient about plans for area.
    by Angie Lucarini, Niagara Gazette (NY)

    Some Highland Avenue area residents say they have been waiting on a park to be built in their neighborhood for about five years now.

    Deborah Hicks, vice president of the Highland Community Revitalization Committee, has been advocating for residents whose children have nowhere to play. Hicks lived in the Highland Avenue area for 10 years. Though she no longer lives there, she is dedicated to helping the park come into fruition. 

    "I would like for more leaders and residents who have a heart for the Highland Community to work together to be a voice for the voiceless. Remember, together we stand; divided we fall,” she said.

    For the entire article, see

  • 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. 

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