2014 CPEO Brownfields List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Thu, 22 May 2014 17:02:15 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-brownfields
Subject: [CPEO-BIF] Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Botanic Garden
Time is of the essence for brownfield redevelopment

by Justine Coyne
Pittsburgh Business Times (PA)
May 21, 2014

While brownfields can vary in size, previous use and environmental issues, one thing the redevelopment of these sites have in common is they are not for the faint of heart.

Take the case of the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden, which sits within Settlers Cabin Park on 460 acres of abandoned coal mine land. When the board of the botanic garden signed a 99-year lease with the county for the site in 1998, they knew there would be some environmental remediation necessary. But, they didn't how long those issues could delay development, said Greg Nace, president of the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden.

Speaking on a panel at the Pittsburgh Business Times' Corridors of Opportunity event Wednesday, Nace said what started as a challenge has allowed the site to serve as a model for reclamation. Nace was joined on the panel by Don Smith, president of RIDC, Craig Rippole, president of Trinity Development, and Mario Leone Jr., Monaca borough manager. Each discussed the challenges and progress they have made in brownfield redevelopment.


For the entire article, see
http://www.bizjournals.com/pittsburgh/blog/innovation/2014/05/time-is- of-the-essence-for-brownfield.html


Lenny Siegel
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