Pizza and Politics: Navigating the New Federal Brownfield Landscape

A special members-only lunchtime discussion with one of the nation’s leading authorities on brownfield and community redevelopment/reuse strategies & financing. Charlie Bartsch has over 30 years of experience analyzing economic and community development policies. He joined us on July 24, 2017 to discuss the new federal brownfield funding landscape: what lies ahead, and how states and communities can and should adapt their community redevelopment financing strategies given the new normal.

Charlie Bartsch is currently an independent strategist for communities in economic transition, and has been appointed a Senior Fellow at the Northeast-Midwest Institute, a public policy center affiliated with the bi-partisan Northeast-Midwest Congressional and Senate Coalitions.  He is immediate past Senior Advisor for Economic Development to the EPA Assistant Administrator, Office of Land and Emergency Management, where he was charged with promoting inter-agency and public-private financing partnerships to spur land revitalization and site reuse. Among his duties, he worked closely with the EPA-DOT-HUD Partnership for Sustainable Communities, advised the Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization on area-wide planning and auto communities revitalization financing strategies, served as an EPA point person on the White House “ strong cities/Strong Communities  recovery initiative, and took the lead role in developing the agency’s manufacturing revitalization strategy for the Obama Administration/National Economic Council’s Investing in Manufacturing Communities (IMCP) initiative, helping to direct the White House/inter-agency team in designing and carrying out this effort. Charlie received his Master’s in Urban Policy and Planning from the University of Illinois-Chicago, and his B.A. in political science and history from North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. North Central College named him 2013 alumni of the year.

 

State of Brownfields Update

JULY 18, 2017 – The 2017 State of Brownfields Update. We analyzed the 2017 MN Legislative Session and what it means for brownfield redevelopment. In addition we previewed potential changes to state soil reuse policies.

See the agenda here.

SPEAKERS:

Sandeep Burman, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Amy Hadiaris, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Sara Peterson, Parkway Law
Charlie Vander Aarde, Metro Cities

View the slideshow here.

Speaker Bios.

 

CLEs: Applied For

Thank you to our host 

 

Minnesota Real Estate Journal

Brownfields Summit – May 25, 2017 Speakers: Dan Fetter, Barr Engineering Janice Gundlach, City of New Brighton Gary Krueger, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Kristin Lukes, MN DEED Shauen Pearce-Lassiter, GREATER MSP/Central Cities Competitiveness Initiative Betsy Schmiesing, Winthrop & Weinstine Jesse Silverstein, Development Research Partners (Denver, CO) Mary Stoick, Highland Bank D’Angelos Svenkeson, THOR Construction Jack Byers, Minneapolis CPED Kim Donat, Wellington Management View combined slideshow here.

Vapor Intrusion Forum Series

 

Presentations:
Regulations and BMPs – MPCA
Air Quality & Health Screening Methods– Department of Health
Vapor Intrusion and Building Design– Braun Intertec
VI Sampling/Testing Methodology– Pace Analytical, Braun Intertec
Case Study, Commercial Site With Active Mitigation– Barr Engineering

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2016 State of Brownfields Update

Our 9th annual State of Brownfields Update was June 28, 2016. The program included A Look Back: 10 years of Minnesota Brownfields, updates from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, and more.

Presenters:
Sandeep Burman– Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Deborah DeLuca – Duluth Seaway Port Authority
Ken Haberman – Landmark Environmental
Wayne Nelson – retired (formerly Metropolitan Council)
Kristina Smitten – Hillcrest Development
Cathy Villas-Horns – Minnesota Department of Agriculture

See the agenda here.

Minnesota Real Estate Journal – Redevelopment Summit

Minnesota Brownfields hosted the Minnesota Real Estate Journal‘s 2016 Redevelopment Summit on May 19. Click the links below to access speaker presentations:

How Redevelopment Supports a Strong Regional Economy – Cecile Bedor, GREATER MSP

Surburban Redevelopment: Northern Stacks 1 – From Blight to Office Development in Fridley
Scott Hickok, City of Fridley
Paul Hyde, Hyde Development
Chris Thompson, Braun Intertec

Hot Neighborhoods: University Avenue Innovation District – A Tale of Two Cities
Brandon Champeau, United Properties
John Evans, Hennepin County
Dick Gilyard, Prospect Park
Julie Kimble, Kimble Consulting

Greater Minnesota Redevelopment: Spotlight on Mankato
Kristin Prososki, City of Mankato

How To: Rules and Tools that Enable Redevelopment on Brownfields
Shanna Schmitt, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Kristin Lukes, Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development
Martha Faust, Minnesota Brownfields

Stormwater Management on Brownfields

Stormwater Management on Brownfields

Minnesota Brownfields looked into stormwater management on brownfield sites, during and after remediation. This event covered topics including:

  • Regulations and enforcement
  • Emerging issues, new technology, and green infrastructure
  • Subsurface Contamination- groundwater and soil
  • Liability and Concerns for Plume and Vapor Intrusion
  • Long term management vs management during construction
  • Successes, headaches and challenges on diverse case study sites: Atlas Cement (Duluth), Beacon Bluff (St. Paul), and Prospect Park (Minneapolis)

CONFIRMED MODERATORS & SPEAKERS:
Ross Bintner, City of Edina
Nathan Campeau, Barr Engineering
Eric Dott, Barr Engineering

Dan Fetter, Barr Engineering
Mary Finch, Hennepin County
Mike Hayman, Minnehaha Creek Watershed District
Rebecca Higgins, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Monte Hilleman, St. Paul Port Authority
Dan Kalmon, Mississippi Watershed Management Authority
Joe Otte, Wenck Associates

Jeff Shopek, Loucks Associates 
Shawn Tracy, HR Green
Mike Trojan, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Michael Welch, Smith Partners
                                                                                                           

See the agenda here.

Presentations from 2012 are available here:
Stormwater basics for the non-stormwater expert
Brownfields basics

Renewable Energy Development on Brownfields

On February 3, 2016, 125 solar developers and brownfield redevelopment professionals met in St. Paul, to discuss new opportunities for solar development in Minnesota. Presentation links below: 

Trends in the Solar Energy Sector in MN – Lissa Pawlisch, UMN Clean Energy Teams
Brightfields Considerations in a Nutshell – Mike Fisher, Impact 7G
Xcel Energy Renewable Energy Portfolio – Lee Gabler, Xcel Energy
Minnesota Power & Renewable Energy – Kris Spenningsby, Minnesota Power 
Federal & State Incentives, Policies and Programs – Stacy Miller, MN Dept of Commerce 
Legal Considerations re Developing Solar on Redevelopment Sites – Kevin Johnson, Stoel Rives
Solar Development Other Regulation & Tools – Brian Ross, Great Plains Institute
Rice Creek Commons Solar PV Project – Heather Worthington (RC), Michael Ahern, EverGreen Energy
Former Ford Plant Site Renewable Energy Opportunities – Merritt Clapp-Smith, City of St. Paul
400 MW Landfill-Mounted Solar PV System, Hutchinson – John Paulson City of Hutchinson

Click here for more resources for solar on a brownfield redevelopment

4 CLE Hours Approved

Agenda here.

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MPCA Soil Reference Value Comment Period

MPCA held a July 14 meeting to address use of the SRVs and BTVs by the VIC, RCRA and Superfund programs only. These SRVs and BTVs are considered draft and are not to be used to evaluate sites at this time. The SRVs dated 6/2009 on the MPCA’s Remediation website should continue to be used until the revised SRVs and BTVs are finalized.

The SRV technical support document is not intended to replace program specific soil investigation guidance. It is intended to describe the soil land use categories, methodology and exposure assumptions used to derive the SRVs and provide basic recommendations on what should be considered when using SRVs.

If you have questions or concerns, contact MPCA at SRVcomments.pca@state.mn.us.

Health Impact Assessments and Brownfield Redevelopment

Minnesota Brownfields, the Minnesota Department of Health, and the City of Duluth hosted a discussion on the health impacts of brownfield redevelopment on the surrounding community. It included a demonstration of a tool-in-development for communities to measure health impacts of brownfield redevelopment.

Hutchinson EPA Grant Writing Workshop

Workshop focused on helping community grant writers produce successful proposals for the EPA Assessment, Clean-Up and Revolving Loan Fund (ARC) grants and assisted participants with detailing response strategies to Threshold and Ranking Criteria, utilizing the TAB EZ on-line grant writing tool, discussing the planning process, and engaging the community and partners in the Brownfields initiative.

Presenters discussed the basics of the ARC grants, eligibility requirements, the application process and proposal writing tips and resources. Participants reviewed real examples and be given ample opportunity to ask questions. Even if you are not writing a proposal this year, the workshop can be a valuable planning tool for local governments interested in brownfields redevelopment.

 

2015 State of Brownfields Update

Minnesota Brownfields annual State of Brownfields Update. Topics covered included: new findings on the benefits of brownfield redevelopment, local nature of climate change and its repercussions for redevelopment (with special guest John Pendergrass from Environmental Law Institute), and updates from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

Benefits of Brownfield Redevelopment in Minnesota: New Findings

Natalie Brown, Minnesota Brownfields

The Intensely Local Nature of Global Climate Change & What it Means for Remediation

John Pendergrass, Environmental Law Institute

Latest Technical Updates
Sandeep Burman, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

 

Metropolitan Council Hosting Information Session on Brownfield Resources

Metropolitan Council hosted a free information session to learn about local public financing that helps pay the cost of cleaning up contaminated sites. Over $8M in grant funds in addition to low cost loans will be available to investigate or clean up contaminants associated with real estate development.

State and federal funds are available for environmental investigation and cleanup activities at sites with:

  • Petroleum contamination
  • Groundwater contamination
  • Soil contamination
  • Asbestos and hazardous building materials

Agency representatives discussed programs and funds available from:

  • Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
  • Metropolitan Council
  • Hennepin County
  • Ramsey County

Questions?

Contact

  • Metropolitan Council at 651-602-1054 or
  • DEED at 651-259-7449

Hopportunity Knocks: Brownfields, Beer, and the Law

We were pleased to announce a special joint event sponsored by the MSBA section on Environmental, Natural Resource and Energy law and Minnesota Brownfields that examined the intersection of two movements in Minnesota- the redevelopment of brownfield properties and the craft brewing boom. This program began with a look a some current challenges to brownfield redevelopment, including obtaining liability assurance letters, the real world impacts of the 2013 changes in the ASTM Phase I standard, and continuing obligations for bona fide prospective purchasers. We then looked at developing breweries on brownfields including funding stories from DEED, the Surly success, and other case studies. A special happy hour followed for attendees and ENRE section members.
How to:  Breweries on Brownfields – Special Considerations
Program

Phase I, Phase II, Vapor Intrusion
Joseph Maternowski, Hessian & McKasy
Dan Schleck, Halleland Habicht
Jeffery Sepesi, Law Office of Jeffery Sepesi      

Assurance Letters & Institutional Controls
Kieran Dwyer, Dorsey & Whitney          
Lynne Grigor , Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Brew it up Right – Brownfield Conversions to Breweries
Remediation Process, Public funding, Success Stories
Kristin Lukes, MNDEED
Richard Manser, Barr Engineering
Rockie Kavajecz, Canal Park Brewery          

 

Vapor Intrusion Forum Series

Vapor intrusion at sites contaminated with volatile organic compounds (VOCs) has emerged as a key challenge for communities. Minnesota Brownfields presented a 2-part series examining vapor intrusion from all professional perspectives. Learn about the latest technical and due diligence issues, and expect to come away from these sessions with strategies for “surprise-free” redevelopment. 

Program Agenda

Attendees

Part II Presentations (Click to view presentation)
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