Brownfield Basics – Duluth Workshop

 

Brownfield Basics – Duluth Workshop

Minnesota Brownfields proudly presented a Brownfield Basics educational session alongside our partners: the City of Duluth, American Engineering Testing, Barr Engineering, and Bay West. This half-day session focused on brownfield redevelopment tips and solutions to common brownfield issues. Several Duluth area case studies were presented to depict the steps needed for successful redevelopments.

The Brownfield Basics – Duluth Workshop is designed for local area communities to learn from industry experts on how to unlock economic potential and environmental sustainability through brownfield redevelopment efforts.

This program was made possible with the support of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation’s Morgan Fund.

Thank you to the event sponsors:

 

For more information about the Brownfield Basics educational program series, click here.

2017 Minnesota Real Estate Journal Brownfields Redevelopment Summit

The 2017 Minnesota Real Estate Journal Brownfields Redevelopment Summit focused on key areas of brownfield redevelopment in the real estate arena.

Event Information:

Date – May 25, 2018
Location – Golden Valley Country Club

Agenda Items:

Brownfield Real Estate Game Theory: How Deals get Done     
Betsy Schmiesing, Winthrop & Weinstine
Jesse Silverstein, Development Research Partners
JoAnna Hicks, Element
Mary Stoick, Highland Bank

  • A view of Brownfield Redevelopment from the Market
  • Evaluating a brownfields transaction from perspectives of buyer, seller, lender
  • Role of legal assurances for Redevelopment sites and when they are needed
  • Other considerations for purchasing Brownfield Redevelopment properties

Neighborhood Focus: Investments & Opportunity in North Minneapolis
D’Angelos Svenkeson, Thor Construction
Kim Donat, Wellington Management
Shauen Pearce-Lassiter, Central Cities Competitiveness Initiative
Jack Byers, Minneapolis CPED

  • Thor headquarters: partners, challenges; catalyst for surrounding development
  • LEEF project: industrial to mixed use conversion on Glenwood Avenue
  • CCCI: focus on job creation and redevelopment in North Minneapolis
  • Redevelopment plans in North Minneapolis and unique challenges of infill sites

Suburban Redevelopment – New Brighton Exchange Redevelopment
Janice Gundlach, City of New Brighton
Dan Fetter, Barr Engineering
Casey Hankinson, Ryan Companies
Louis Suarez, Colliers
Paul Heuer, Pulte Homes

  • How a city’s long-term commitment to a redevelopment vision overcame multiple obstacles.
  • 100-acre site with multiple properties and complicated commercial/industrial history
  • Multiple challenging sites – including Superfund – and the keys to success
  • How they built a marketing team and found development partners

Just do It:  Tools and Tidbits that make Brownfield Redevelopment Projects Viable
Jesse Silverstein, Development Research Partners
Gary Krueger, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Kristin Lukes, Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development
Lisa Alfson, Dakota County
Moderator: Chris Thompson, Braun Intertec

  • Property Pricing: due diligence & balancing environ. conditions with risk tolerance
  • When is a Brownfield Project Economically Feasible?
  • Role of public resources in making Brownfield Projects economically viable
  • Resources for Redevelopment: Services and Grants that can fund Brownfield Sites

 

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Minnesota Brownfields at the 2017 U.S. EPA Brownfields Conference

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.

Date:

Thursday, July 26, 2018

 

 

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:

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

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

Tools and Technology to Assist Redevelopment Siting Decisions – Potential, Potential, Potential
Dan French, Brownfield Listings
Matt Goodwin, Visible City
• Newest tools that help in siting decisions
• BrownfieldListings.com – 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

Technical Assistance and Funding Available for Brownfield Properties
Moderator: Lindsey Brown, Stantec
Kristin Lukes, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
Gary Krueger, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
• Assurances & Resources Available through Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
• Overview of Metro-area Grants and Loans that can fund Brownfield Projects

Note: If you wish to access presentations and documents from past presentations, please contact info@mnbrownfields.org. Access to past presentations and documents is reserved to Minnesota Brownfields members.

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.

Date:
Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Agenda Items:

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:
Joseph Maternowski –

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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.

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.

Speakers:
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.

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.

Speakers:
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

 

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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.

Date:
Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Location:
WSB & Associates

Speakers:
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

 

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

Minnesota Brownfields and the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Environmental, Natural Resource, and Energy Law section proudly presented an informative session on redevelopment and craft breweries.

Date:
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Location:
Utepils Brewery

Program Agenda:

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

Brownfield Funding Update
Kristin Lukes, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development

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

 

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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.

Remembering Charlie Bartsch – Minnesota Brownfields is saddened by the loss of Charlie Bartsch, who passed away on January 17. The entire brownfields community will miss Charlie and his tireless passion and advocating spirit. Charlie’s knowledge and expertise of brownfields and funding mechanisms for redevelopment spurred many great projects and initiatives. The greatness of Charlie was that he was the same person to everyone he met and his engaging energy had a way of invigorating all that knew him. Read a tribute to Charlie from Brownfields Listings here.

 

2017 State of Brownfields Update

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

Date:
July 18, 2017

Speakers:

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

Speaker Bios.

 

CLEs: Applied For

Thank you to our host 

 
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St Cloud Economic Redevelopment of Brownfields Workshop

Minnesota Brownfields partnered with the City of St. Cloud to present strategies for successful economic redevelopment of brownfield sites.

Date:
May 18, 2017

Location:
St. Cloud, MN

Presentations:
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Brownfield Funding Overview
  • Steps for Successful Brownfield Redevelopment
  • Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Brownfield Programs
  • Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development Cleanup Program
  • Former Granite Bowl Redevelopment Project
  • Comprehensive Plan and Catalyst Sites

 

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2017 Vapor Intrusion Forum Series

Session I – Vapor Intrusion: Going Beyond the Basics 

Thursday, February 2, 2017 – Wilder Center, St. Paul

Vapor Intrusion Intro / Regulations – BMPs
Hans Neve, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Chris McLain, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Air Quality & Health Screening Metrics
Jim Kelly, Minnesota Dept of Health
The Science of VI and Building Design 
Steve Flaten, Braun Intertec
VI Sampling/Testing Methodology
David Randall, Pace Analytical
Mark Keefer, Braun Intertec
Panel:  Vapor Intrusion – Process Leading to Brownfields Redevelopment 
Moderator: Aaron Benker, Wenck
Hans Neve & Gary Krueger, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Rick Kubler, Gray Plant Mooty
Kristin Lukes, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
Mike Wardwell, Hyde Development
Case Study – Commercial site – Active Mitigation
Eric Blodgett, Barr Engineering

 

Session II – Vapor Intrusion: Learning from Implementation

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 – St. Katherine University

Case Study – Commercial/Industrial Sites. Vapor Intrusion Mitigation Design: Sub-slab with Passive and Active Mitigation
Chris Thompson, Braun Intertec
Case Study – Two Petroleum Sites
Donovan Hannu, Bay West
Case Study – Educational Facility
Aaron Benker, Wenck
Best Management Practice Development & Stakeholder Feedback Process Hans Neve, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Panel: Brownfields Redevelopment Implementation – Key Issues and Challenges
Moderator: Steve Jansen, Braun Intertec
Hans Neve & Chris McLain, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Jason Skramstad, Landmark Environmental
Del Ehrich, Faegre Baker Daniels
David Liverseed, Mortenson Construction
Marcus Martin, Metropolitan Council

 

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GreenStep Cities + Brownfields 101

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

Date:
February 1, 2017

Speakers:
  • Natalie Brown, Minnesota Brownfields
  • Shanna Schmitt, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
  • Janice Gundlach, City of New Brighton
  • Kristen Lukes, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development

 

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2016 State of Brownfields Update

 The 9th annual State of Brownfields Update featured A Look Back: 10 years of Minnesota Brownfields, updates from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, and more.

Date:
June 28, 2016

Speakers:

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

Note: If you wish to access presentations and documents from past presentations, please contact info@mnbrownfields.org. Access to past presentations and documents is reserved to Minnesota Brownfields members.

2016 Minnesota Real Estate Journal Brownfields Redevelopment Summit

The 2016 Minnesota Real Estate Journal Brownfields Redevelopment Summit focused on redevelopment strategies in three different Minnesota markets: core cities, suburbs, and regional cities.

Date:
May 19, 2016

Agenda:

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

 

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Stormwater Management on Brownfields

Date:

April 13, 2016

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)

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                                                                                                           

Note: If you wish to access presentations and documents from past presentations, please contact info@mnbrownfields.org. Access to past presentations and documents is reserved to Minnesota Brownfields members.

Renewable Energy Development on Brownfields

Date:
February 3, 2016

Minnesota Brownfields convened 125 solar developers and brownfield redevelopment professionals in St. Paul, to discuss new opportunities for solar development in Minnesota. 

Agenda Topics:

Trends in the Solar Energy Sector in Minnesota – 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, Minnesota Department 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, Ramsey County and 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

 

 

Thank you to our sponsors:

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