2014 CPEO Brownfields List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Mon, 5 May 2014 10:26:45 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-brownfields
Subject: [CPEO-BIF] "Developer Mark Wagenbrenner envisions gold in brownfields, " Columbus, Ohio
Developer Mark Wagenbrenner envisions gold in brownfields

By Kitty McConnell
May 4, 2014

Back in the 1990s, Mark Wagenbrenner and his partners saw signs of the new urbanism movement in cities such as Chicago and Austin, Texas. Instead of relocating, the partners founded Wagenbrenner Development in their hometown, Columbus, and focused on turning the city’s brownfields into mixed-use urban developments.


Q: Are longtime residents wary of redevelopment when you first approach neighborhoods with a proposal?

A: Oh, yeah. It (takes) a long time to warm things up.

Forming that relationship with the neighborhood, our product (is) better. You feel better about your job because you’re not fighting.

The world’s changed a lot when community groups organize as quickly as they do. From a development standpoint, you’ve got to learn that fighting them is foolish. Before you get city council and the city involved, you just start right with the neighborhood group.


For the entire article, see
http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/business/2014/05/04/ developerenvisions-gold-in-brownfields.html


Lenny Siegel
Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
a project of the Pacific Studies Center
278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041
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