Minnesota Real Estate Journal

Brownfields Summit
Thursday, May 25, 2017
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM Program
Golden Valley Country Club
7001 Golden Valley, Golden Valley, Minnesota 55427, USA

Early-Bird Rate $89
Regular Rate $99

Walk-Ins Welcome | Walk-In Rate $129

Register here

Speakers Include:
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
Craig Taylor, Minneapolis CPED
David Wellington, Wellington Management

Agenda available here.

St Cloud Economic Redevelopment of Brownfields Workshop

You are invited to attend a free brownfields workshop on Thursday, May 18, 2017, which is being co-hosted by the City of St. Cloud and the Technical Assistance to Brownfields Program (TAB) at Kansas State University. The workshop will run from 9:00  a.m. until about 1:00p.m at St Cloud City Hall (map). Registration is FREE .

Does your community have an abandoned building, old gas station or other potentially contaminated property that is impeding your communities’ future growth? This workshop is designed to help communities gain a better understanding of what a Brownfield is, to learn more about the Brownfield redevelopment process and available funding, and to hear from state and national leaders on resources available to your community.

See the agenda here.


Who should attend? Local and regional government officials, not-for-profit economic and community development organizations, and property owners with brownfield sites in Minnesota.

For more information contact:
Cathy Mehelich, cathy.mehelich@ci.stcloud.mn.us, 320-650-3111

Martha Faust, mfaust@mnbrownfields.org, 651-307-4371

Cost is free but registration is required by May 16, 2017.
To register, go to the workshop webpage at: https://www.ksutab.org/education/workshops

Please share this information with your colleagues, clients, and feel free to forward this information to any listservs or announcement postings you have to help get the word out.

We hope to see you there!

This event is made possible with funding provided by U.S. EPA


Vapor Intrusion Forum Series

Join Minnesota Brownfields for analysis of the latest changes and challenges related to vapor intrusion at brownfield sites. Session Two features more current case studies and a panel featuring diverse practitioner perspectives on the most challenging aspects of this still-evolving field.

Watch the forum here!

Session Two: Learning from Implementation
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 – College of St. Catherine, St. Paul (Note: Venue Change)

Session Two presentations:
BMPs for Vapor Intrusion- Part 2– MPCA
Closed Petroleum Sites: Bringing Some Perspective– Bay West
Vapor Intrusion Mitigation– Braun Intertec
Vapor Mitigation Case Studies– Wenck

March 1
8:30am-12pm (Check in begins at 7:30 a.m.)
Rauenhorst Ballroom (in Coeur de Catherine)
College of St. Catherine
2004 Randolph Avenue
St Paul (Campus Map)

Parking is in overflow guest parking lot.  Enter at gate #4 on Fairview Avenue (shared driveway with Carondelet Village).  Park in the parking lot on the left.  Follow the sidewalk on the West end of the parking lot – near the tennis courts – to the Coeur de Catherine Building.  The Ballroom is on the 3rd floor.


3/1 Registration List – current as of February 24

March 1 (Session Two) Speakers & Moderators:
Aaron Benker Wenck
Del Ehrich Faegre Baker Daniels
Donovan Hannu Bay West
Steve Jansen Braun Intertec
David Liverseed Mortenson Construction
Chris McLain Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Hans Neve Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Jason Skramstad Landmark Environmental
Chris Thompson Braun Intertec

1.75 Standard CLE Credits Approved

Members –  $60
Non-members –  $105

Program questions? Please contact Martha Faust at 651-307-4371.

Registration questions? Please contact Molly Boynton at 612-710-8694.

Not sure if you or your organization are a member? Contact Angela Tangen at 612-710-0160.


Session One: Going Beyond the Basics
February 2, 2017 – Wilder Center, St. Paul

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


Thank you to our sponsors






Member Happy Hour

Flat Earth Brewing
Thursday, February 23
4:30- 6:30pm
688 Minnehaha Ave E
St Paul, MN (map)

This event is free, drinks can be purchased individually. RSVP here.

BONUS! Flat Earth Brewing hosts open mic night starting at 7:00pm. Stick around and test your brownfield stand-up comedy skills.

This is a new benefit for our Community Council members only. Not sure if you’re a member? Visit our website or contact Angela Tangen at 612-710-0160.

GreenStep Cities + Brownfields 101

Join Minnesota Brownfields and GreenStep Cities for a discussion on brownfield redevelopment in Minnesota

Wednesday February 1
9:00- 11:00am
League of Minnesota Cities (map)
Register here or click here to register for the webinar.

This workshop will take a closer look at Best Practice 25: Green Business Development, with a special focus on action 5, which addresses previously developed or contaminated lands called brownfields.


  • Natalie Brown from Minnesota Brownfields,
  • Shanna Schmitt from the MPCA,
  • Janice Gundlach from the City of New Brighton, and
  • Kristin Lukes from DEED.

Our speakers will describe what brownfields are, the difficulties and opportunities that they provide, and how cities can use their brownfields in useful, sustainable projects.

This workshop is part of the 2016-2017 GreenStep Cities Workshop Series. Keep an eye out for more information about upcoming sessions and topics! The workshops are held on the first Wednesday of every month, from 9-11am at the League of Minnesota Cities. Coffee from Peace Coffee and light refreshments will be served at each workshop. Click here to view resources from last year’s workshop series, and click here to view resources from workshops that were held earlier in this series.

Brownfield Gap Financing Program Informational Session

Join Minnesota Brownfields and Hennepin County as we discuss the Brownfield Gap Financing Program for 2017. A short speaker series including MN Brownfields, Hennepin County, and Project for Pride in Living will be followed by a question and answer session.

The Brownfield Gap Financing program (BGFP) provides grants to nonprofit developers for environmental assessment of property in Hennepin County through funding from the County’s Environmental Response Fund (ERF). This fund is intended to be used for unexpected environmental issues, to prepare for a larger funding request in the County funding cycle, or to identify/clarify and, in some cases, remediate suspected environmental concerns. Typical BGFP grants are <$15,000, grants are made on a rolling basis.

More information on the program can be found here.


Thu, January 12, 2017

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM CST


Sumner Library
611 Van White Memorial Boulevard
Minneapolis, MN 55411

This event is FREE
Register here

2016 ReScape Awards

Aria, Minneapolis
Thursday, November 17, 2016
5:00 – 7:30 pm

Purchase tickets here.

Vote for your favorite project from past finalists here!

View recent finalists.

See this year’s sponsors.

ReScape Trophy

Join Minnesota Brownfields and members of Minnesota’s redevelopment community in celebrating finalist projects demonstrating innovation, collaboration, and exemplary results in revitalizing formerly contaminated land. The program features four project awards and one individual award:

  • Community Impact Award
  • Economic Impact Award
  • Environmental Impact Award
  • Small City Impact Award
  • Mac Hyde Brownfield Leadership Award

The 2016 ReScape Awards media partner is


We are excited to announce our keynote speaker for ReScape 2016! 

dlloydphoto-1David Lloyd is the Director of the Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization in the EPA Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response. Mr. Lloyd assumed this position in January of 2006. Prior to this, he held a variety of positions in the areas of private and Government legal practice, real estate operations, and development. Mr. Lloyd received his undergraduate degree from George Washington University and a law degree from Washington and Lee University in 1988.

2016 Economic Redevelopment of Brownfields Workshop, Mankato, MN

The City of Mankato, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development, Minnesota Brownfields and the Technical Assistance to Brownfields Program (TAB) at Kansas State University offered a free brownfield workshop on September 22.

Martha Faust, MN Brownfields
Mike Humpal, City of Fairmont
Gary Krueger, MPCA
Kristin Lukes, MN DEED
Kristin Prososki, City of Mankato

Does your community have an abandoned building, old gas station, junk yard or other potentially contaminated property that is impeding your communities’ future growth? Are there areas in your park or unique mixed-use development? Do you look at these sites and wonder where funding could come from to make this a vital contribution to your community? Is there speculation that the sites may have contamination and considered a brownfield or are the buildings just obsolete?

This workshop is designed to help communities gain a better understanding of what a Brownfield is, learn how Brownfield revitalization can be a part of your community’s economic development strategy, and hear from state and national leaders on funding and resources available to your community.


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.

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)

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

Wednesday, April 13, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Barr Engineering, Edina (directions)
Lunch options near Barr Engineering

Members: $35
Non-members: $65
Greater Minnesota: free
Students: $15

See the attendee list here. For questions regarding registration, please contact Molly Boynton via email.


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.

Thank you to our sponsors

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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

Join us for 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



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

Hopportunity Knocks: Brownfields, Beer, and the Law

We are pleased to announce and special joint event sponsored by the MSBA section on Environmental, Natural Resource and Energy law and Minnesota Brownfields that looked at the intersection of two movements in Minnesota- the redevelopment of brownfield properties and the craft brewing boom.This program started 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

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