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.
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.
Sandeep Burman, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Amy Hadiaris, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Sara Peterson, Parkway Law
Charlie Vander Aarde, Metro Cities
CLEs: Applied For
Thank you to our host
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.
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
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
- Natalie Brown from Minnesota Brownfields
- Shanna Schmitt from the MPCA
- Janice Gundlach from the City of New Brighton
- Kristen Lukes from DEED
Our speakers described what brownfields are, the difficulties and opportunities that they provide, and how cities can use their brownfields in useful, sustainable projects.
More information on the program can be found here.
|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.
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
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.
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
4 CLE Hours Approved
Thank you to our sponsors
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.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
Natalie Brown, Minnesota Brownfields
John Pendergrass, Environmental Law Institute
Latest Technical Updates
Sandeep Burman, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
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
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 ConsiderationsProgram
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
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.
Tim Grape, MPCA
Curt Gunsbury, Solhem, Shanna Schmitt, MPCA, & David Vieau, Vieau Associates
Tom Higgins, MPCA
Josh Kerber, MN Department of Health
Hans Neve, MPCA and David Jones, MN Department of Health
Sara Ramsden, Barr Engineering
Julie Sullivan, Barr Engineering
Eric Tollefsrud, Geosyntec
Sandeep Burman, MPCA
James Kelly, MN Department of Health
Margaret Knowlton, Opus Group
Hans Neve, MPCA, Julie Kadrie, MN Department of Health, and Cathy Undem, Dakota County
On July 16, Minnesota Brownfields co-hosted a full-day workshop in Moorhead through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) program. The program was targeted to both Minnesota and North Dakota communities. Below are presentations specific to Minnesota:
Brownfields 101: What is a Brownfields & Steps to Redevelopment
Minnesota Department of Employment & Econonomic Development (DEED) Programs
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) Brownfield Programs
Success Stories: City of Moorhead
Success Stories: City of Dilworth
Success Stories: City of Minot, ND
TAB (Technical Assistance to Brownfields Communities) Program
TAB: Intro to EPA Grantwriting
USDA Rural Redevelopment Resources
USEPA Brownfield Grant Resources
100+ redevelopment professionals met at Stinson Leonard Street on June 24 for the latest news from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a state legislative panel on redevelopment, and an update on vapor intrusion.
Dr. Susan Hedman – Regional Administrator, EPA Region V
Rep. Tim Mahoney – Minnesota House of Representatives
Over 100 redevelopment professionals met May 15 in St. Paul to discuss a new Minnesota Brownfields report (Executive Summary, 11 pages) on current conditions and existing barriers to off-site soil reuse.
Read the full Report + Appendices (64 pages, 2.4MB)
Minnesota Brownfields proudly offered this awards program recognizing exemplary brownfield redevelopment projects completed statewide.
Winning projects featured transformation of abandoned or underutilized sites using innovative solutions to significant environmental issues.
To view this year’s winners and the winners from previous years, go here.
This popular event in its 6th year was held at Leonard, Street & Deinard. Topics included the 2013 Minnesota Legislative session, the latest at U.S. EPA, and updates on redevelopment projects: including Arden Hills’ former TCAAP site, St. Cloud’s Central Business District, and St. Paul’s former Ford Plant site. Below are links to presentations:
Mike Gifford and Jon Grosshans, EPA Region V
Tammy Campion, City of St. Cloud Community Development
Merritt Clapp-Smith, City of St. Paul PED & Shanna Schmitt, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Heather Worthington, Ramsey County & Amy Hadiaris, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Brownfield workshop: Bemidji, July 24, 2013 – Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities Annual Conference.
Minnesota Brownfields co-presented at the EPA Brownfields 2013 conference in Atlanta. The session was: “Corridor Answers for Transit Oriented Development of Brownfields”
Links to session presentations & publications:
Presentation by Federal Transit Administration
City of Austin Capital Metro
City of Cleveland Health Tech BRT line
Minneapolis-St. Paul TOD & Brownfields
Publication: Brownfields & TOD – Making Connections for Community-Wide Success (2013, Minnesota Brownfields)
Minnesota Brownfields and the The Trust for Public Land presented a session focused on opportunities and challenges posed by siting parks on former brownfield sites. Various case studies were discussed. Below are links to presentations and resources:
Trust for Public Land – 3 Parks in Newark, NJ
Scherer Brothers site – Minneapolis
Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary – St. Paul #1
Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary – St. Paul #2
Met Council Information on Contaminated Soil in Regional Parks
Article: “Active Living Through Converting Brownfields to Green Spaces”
Article: “Turning Brownfields into Green Spaces, Barriers & Incentives”
Minnesota Brownfields co-hosted a workshop in Mankato on September 19 along with Region Nine Development Commission and Technical Assistance to Brownfields Communities (TAB).
The presentations included:
What is a Brownfield and Do I Have One?
Steps for Successful Brownfield Redevelopment
EPA Brownfield Resources
State Resources: MPCA Targeted Brownfield Assessment Program
State Resources: DEED Tools & Resources for Redevelopment
Mixing, Matching and Leveraging Resources for Project Success
Success Stories: St. Cloud
Success Stories: Mankato
Minnesota Brownfields co-hosted, along with Region Five Development Commission and TAB (Technical Assistance to Brownfields Communities) – Kansas State University, a workshop in Brainerd on May 16.
View the workshop presentations:
Supporting Sustained Economic Opportunity in Rural Communities (EPA Smart Growth)
Brownfields & Economic Development: What TAB Can Do For You
EPA Brownfields Funding
City of St. Cloud – Success Stories
MPCA Brownfield Programs
DEED Cleanup & Redevelopment Funding
USDA Rural Development Resources
Putting It All Together
More than 100 professionals from the stormwater and brownfields communities met March 8th at Barr Engineering for Minnesota Brownfields most recent forum. The topic was key issues in stormwater management, the conflicts that occur when designing stormwater management systems for brownfields, and three innovative case studies: the Central Corridor light rail project; the Atlas Cement site in Duluth; and Beacon Bluff in Saint Paul. View the presentations:
Minnesota Brownfields held a forum focused on brownfields within transit corridors. Representatives from Cleveland and Houston discussed their experience redeveloping brownfields along LRT/BRT lines; local presentations focused on the Central Corridor, current and new funding and other tools directed at contaminated land.
View the presentations:
Houston LRT-Jed Greenfield, City of Houston
Cleveland BRT-David Ebersole, City of Cleveland
CC interport Web Portal- Jackie Dylla, Braun Intertec Corporation
Corridors of Opportunity- Mark Vanderscaff, Metropolitan Council
CC Investment Framework- John Shardlow, Stantec
St. Paul CC Assessment Grant- Josh Williams, City of St. Paul PED
DEED Transit Funding- Meredith Udoibok, Minnesota DEED
Met Council LCA TOD Fund- Marcus Martin, Metropolitan Council
I: THE DOLLARS AND SENSE OF REDEVELOPING BROWNFIELDS
Minnesota Brownfields hosted a forum at the Humphrey Institute on the benefits of recycling and redeveloping brownfields. View the presentations:
II: THE ART OF THE DEAL – FINANCING BROWNFIELDS 2.0
Minnesota Brownfields hosted a forum on the financial dimensions of brownfield reuse and redevolpment. View the presentations: