2000 CPEO Brownfields List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Fri, 2 Jun 2000 09:40:52 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-brownfields
Subject: [CPEO-BIF] CCLR Case Studies
The non-profit California Center for Land Recycling (CCLR) has issued a
report, "Brownfield Redevelopment: Case Studies," documenting the value
that organizations such as CCLR bring to the Brownfields revitalization
process. The report summarizes five California projects in which CCLR
and its Project Learning Program have provided assistance:

* At an abandoned oil well site on Venice Beach, CCLR and its partners
determined that remediation would be less costly than originally
estimated, enabling reuse of the site for recreation.

* At Union Point, on the Oakland Estuary, CCLR funded a site assessment
that showed that cleanup would not be too expensive, making it possible
for the community to move ahead with plans for a waterfront park.

* In North Fork, south of Yosemite, CCLR assembled a project team that
facilitated the creation of a diverse reuse plan for a closed lumber
mill site. This could serve as a model at many of the more than 100
closed lumber mills in the state.

* In the Bay Area town of Pacifica, CCLR helped the community
realistically evaluate competing reuse plans for a former sewage plant.
A hotel is now planned for the property.

* In LA's Crenshaw district, CCLR advised a church-based Community
Development Corporation that groundwater contamination made a proposed
project impractical - unless the current property owner is willing to
take responsibility for the contamination.

While large private developers have the resources on their own to sort
through the environmental, planning, and political issues surrounding
Brownfields projects, community groups and local governments - even as
large as Los Angeles - usually need a mix of technical and other
assistance. CCLR appears to be providing that in a constructive way. If
there's any weakness in its approach, it's an apparent over-reliance on
containment or capping as a solution to soil contamination.

For more information about CCLR, its publications, or how to apply for
help, call the organization at 415/820-2080 or visit 

Lenny Siegel

Lenny Siegel
Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
c/o PSC, 222B View St., Mountain View, CA 94041
Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545
Fax: 650/968-1126

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