Social Event: Tour of the Treasure Island Center in St. Paul and St. Paul Saints Game – In Partnership with the Economic Development Association of Minnesota

Spend a summer evening by touring the newly redeveloped Treasure Island Center in downtown St. Paul and enjoying a St. Paul Saints game at Minnesota’s favorite minor league baseball stadium, CHS Field. This event is a member-only event with our partners at the Economic Development Association of Minnesota (EDAM).

On the tour, hear from the St. Paul Port Authority about the story behind the redevelopment of the Treasure Island Center, including the building process and the prospects for what the building means for St. Paul. Following the tour, make the walk to CHS Field to watch the St. Paul Saints take on the Wichita Wingnuts ($1 beer night at the Saints game).

The Treasure Island Center takes the spot of the former Macy’s building, which had been vacant for a number of years. The redevelopment features the TRIA Rink on the top floor of the building where the Minnesota Wild will practice. The St. Paul Port Authority facilitated redevelopment features other key tenants, including Tim Hortons, Stacked Deck Brewing, Walgreens, Treasure Island Resort & Casino, Minnesota Housing, and TRIA Orthopedic.


Thursday, July 26, 2018


Tour of Treasure Island Center: 5:30 PM – 6:15 PM
St. Paul Saints game begins at 7:05 PM


Treasure Island Center – 400 Wabasha Street North, Saint Paul, MN 55102

Meet for the tour in the hallway just inside the 400 North Wabasha Street entrance (between Walgreens, Tim Horton’s and TRIA Orthopedic)

Parking Information:

There is a parking ramp located within the Treasure Island Center which can be accessed on the 6th Street side of the building (21 East 6th Street) or on the Wabasha Street Side of the building (428 Wabasha Street North). More information here.

Weekday Evenings (5PM – 6AM)  $2.00/hr for a max of $4.00

Registration: Limited to First 20 Registrants

$10 (Member Only Event) – Register Here

2018 Minnesota Real Estate Journal Brownfields Redevelopment Summit

The 2018 Minnesota Real Estate Journal Brownfields Redevelopment Summit featured key topics such as vapor intrusion, strategic data practices for real estate acquisitions, and funding mechanisms for brownfield redevelopment projects. The event also included a presentation on the development of Allianz Field, the new stadium to Minnesota United FC that is set to open in spring 2019.

Event Information:

Date – May 23, 2018
Location – Golden Valley Country Club

Agenda Items:

8:05 AM Navigating Unique Environmental Site Challenges: Financing, Liability & Vapor Intrusion
Moderator: Dan Schleck, Messerli & Kramer
Chris Anderson, Bank Cherokee
Wade Carlson, Carlson McCain
Elizabeth Schmiesing, Winthrop & Weinstine
David Stokes, Cushman & Wakefield
• Environmental review, due diligence and lending decisions – how to navigate the hurdles
• Vapor Intrusion: Understanding changing rules and what they mean for real estate transactions
• How vapor intrusion can impact legal liability
• Legal assurances available for redevelopment sites – and why they are important
• What happens when things go wrong: headache properties and risk assessment

9:00 AM Project Spotlight: Major League Soccer in St. Paul’s Midway Neighborhood
Monte Hilleman, St. Paul Port Authority
Ken Larsen, Braun Intertec
Jeff Shopek, Loucks
Steve Heurung, Stoel Rives
• Working with multiple parties and jurisdictions – the added challenges to the project
• How to turn a former bus barn into an MLS stadium – negotiating and financing mechanisms
• Remediation strategies and coordinating the project with an existing district stormwater system
• What Allianz Field means for the Midway neighborhood and future development

10:15 AM Tools and Technology to Assist Redevelopment Siting Decisions – Potential, Potential, Potential
Dan French, Brownfield Listings  – Presentation Materials
Matt Goodwin, Visible City – Presentation Materials
• Newest tools that help in siting decisions
• – national, dynamic online redevelopment marketplace & project space
• Visible City – delivering real-time insights for action in complicated urban environments
• Intelligent search/site selection criteria: workforce availability, transportation accessibility, demonstrated activity using social media or cell phone usage, construction and investment trends

11:15 AM Technical Assistance and Funding Available for Brownfield Properties
Moderator: Lindsey Brown, Stantec – Presentation Materials
Kristin Lukes, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
Gary Krueger, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency – Presentation Materials
• Due Diligence CYB: Covering Your Basics
• Assurances & Resources Available through Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
• Overview of Metro-area Grants and Loans that can fund Brownfield Projects

Forum – When Vapor Intrusion Strikes: Staying Ahead of the Plume

Vapor intrusion continues to have a significant impact on the redevelopment community. Attendees learned about key updates, issues, and challenges related to vapor intrusion at commercial and industrial sites in Minnesota. The forum featured a region-wide perspective on vapor intrusion policy and regulations in the Midwest. Presenters included representatives from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and experts from across the industry. The forum addressed regulatory, technical, legal, and economic components of this complex issue.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

To view the presentation – click here

U.S. EPA Region 5 Perspective on Vapor Intrusion  – What Are Other States Doing?
Alyssa Sellwood, Vapor Intrusion Team Leader, Wisconsin DNR
Region 5 Vapor Intrusion policy and regulatory overview with focus on recent Wisconsin Vapor Intrusion guidance revised in January 2018

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) – Update on Vapor Intrusion
Tim Grape and Gary Krueger 
– Vapor Intrusion Best Management Practices (BMP) Updates and Clarifications
– Vapor Intrusion BMP Path Forward and Stakeholder Input
– Additional Assistance at Vapor Intrusion Projects: New Technical Assistance Letters & MPCA eService Enrollment

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency – Intrusion Screening Values
Bonnie Brooks
Status of Intrusion Screening Values (ISVs)

Panel: Vapor Intrusion at Commercial & Industrial Sites:  Key Issues & Challenges
Moderator: Steve Jansen, Braun Intertec
Northeast Bank: Mark Ethen
Terracon: Jen Force
Bremer Bank: Briana Kirby
Gray Plant Mooty: Rick Kubler
OPUS: Richard Manser
MPCA: Hans Neve

Thank you to our sponsors: 

Executive Sponsor

Partner Sponsor:
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Soil Reuse Webinars – February 7 & 14, 2018


Minnesota Brownfields proudly partnered with the Center for Creative Land Recycling on two webinars on the subject of soil reuse.

Part I – Dig It: Reusing Contaminated Soil in the U.K. and U.S.
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Redevelopment sites throughout the U.S. are confronted by how to manage surplus marginally-to-moderately contaminated soil. The default practice of landfilling surplus soil is neither an efficient nor viable long-term option, economically or environmentally. Learn how an influential model based in the United Kingdom is addressing the issue of limited landfill space and the market for soil reuse at redevelopment sites, and its relevance to U.S. governments and the private marketplace.

Martha Faust – Minnesota Brownfields
Nick Willenbrock – CL:aire
Sarah Sieloff – Center for Creative Land Recycling

Part II – Dig It: Models and Recent Changes for Reusing Soil in the U.S.
Download the PDF
View a recording of the webinar here 

Redevelopment sites throughout the U.S. are confronted by how to manage excess soils, presenting challenges in terms of contamination, project timing, staging areas, liability protection, and more. Learn about different approaches that governments around the country have developed for clean and regulated fill soils, including dredge materials, and what the future could hold.

Martha Faust – Minnesota Brownfields
Kevin McCarty – GEI Consultants
Amy Hadiaris – Minnesota Pollution Control Agency 
Brooke Furio & David Emerman – U.S. EPA, Ohio EPA
Dan Walsh & Lee Ilan – NYC Mayor’s Office of Environmental Remediation

Forum – Institutional Controls: Everything You’ve Wanted to Know but Were Afraid to Ask

Institutional Controls or (“ICs”) are legal and administrative tools used at development sites to protect human health and the environment when contamination is left in place. Failure to understand how ICs work and how they are interlinked with all aspects of site reuse can lead to confusion and added time and cost to a project.
Attendees learned about the various types of ICs, when and how they are used, their benefits and limitations, current complexities, and how to balance opportunities for future site reuse with environmental protection.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

WSB & Associates

Presentation Content:
PowerPoint Presentation
– Primer
– Institutional Controls Additional Resources

Ken Haberman – Landmark Environmental
Roseanne Hope – Hope Law Firm
Carmen Netten – Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Sara Peterson – Parkway Law
Joe Maternowski – Hessian & McKasy
Shanna Schmitt – Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Audra Williams – Ryan Companies
Institutional Controls Speaker Bios

CLE’s: 3.0 Standard Credits – Event Code: 205612

Sponsored by:

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and Minnesota Brownfields Community Council Members


Hopportunity Knocks, Again: More Brownfields, Beer, and the Law

Please join Minnesota Brownfields and the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Environmental, Natural Resource, and Energy Law section for an informative session on redevelopment and craft breweries.  The event will be held at Utepils Brewery in Minneapolis (map) on Tuesday, October 24th from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. with a happy hour to follow.

Register for the event here.


1:30 PM: Check-In/Registration

Environmental Law Hot Topics
Historical Fill Reuse Liability – Sara Peterson, Parkway Law
Vapor Liability – Elizabeth Schmiesing, Winthrop & Weinstein

Brownfield Funding Update
Kristin Lukes, MNDEED

A Flight of Brewery Stories
Castle Danger Expansion – Donovan Hannu, Baywest
Brewery at Northern Stacks – Chris Thompson, Braun Intertec
Craft Brewery Sustainability – Michelle Stockness, Barr Engineering

A Final Round – To Be Announced

4:00 PM: Happy Hour Reception

Northern Stacks Redevelopment Tour with EDAM

Take part in this exclusive opportunity as a Minnesota Brownfields member to tour the Northern Stacks Development in Fridley alongside Economic Development Association of Minnesota members. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, November 15th from 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Northern Stacks is on a former Superfund site and the redevelopment required a great amount of environmental remediation. Hyde Development and Mortenson Company had the vision for the project, and along with the City of Fridley and DEED, were able to make Northern Stacks a reality. Sign up for this tour and to learn from Hyde Development about the project. Spots are limited to the first 20 people for this free event. Please register by October 27th. Register here.

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.


2017 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.


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 


2017 Minnesota Real Estate Journal Brownfields Redevelopment Summit

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


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.

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.

2016 Minnesota Real Estate Journal Brownfields 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

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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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.