Brownfields can adversely impact human health, decrease the value of surrounding properties, deter potential investments, and represent a significant safety hazard to the community if left unaddressed.
HR Green is dedicated to helping communities identify and secure funding, formulate and develop planning goals, community vision, and redevelopment strategies.
HR Green’s reputation for brownfields fund procurement was earned by securing 58 EPA grants totaling more than $14 million. Our team is dedicated to helping communities identify and secure funding, formulate and develop planning goals, community vision, and redevelopment strategies. Our grant writers have successfully assisted our client’s with writing the grant applications and securing funding for Brownfields and complementary community redevelopment.
Our involvement in the EPA’s Brownfields program has contributed to the betterment and sustainability of our community clients by reclaiming more than 200 blighted parcels. HR Green helps communities create environmental benefits and tax revenue generating properties by assessing, safely cleaning up, and reusing brownfields. One of the reasons for this success has been the use of our proprietary, GIS-based Brownfield Prioritization Model to scientifically identify, select and prioritize EPA assessments within their communities.
We are helping communities reinvent their urban core economic, social and recreational environments. Brownfields program funding helps return properties exhibiting signs of potential contamination back to a productive reuse. This process helps achieve the following benefits:
- Facilitates job growth
- Stems urban sprawl by reducing development pressure from agricultural lands
- Avoids costly infrastructure extensions required to serve new greenfield development
- Protects human health and the environment
- Often spurs additional redevelopment activities
- Strengthens and stabilizes neighborhoods
- Increases the local tax base
- Eliminates eyesores and safety hazards
Brownfields Redevelopment Experience
The Former Wonder Bread Factory is Transformed into a New Brewery
The former Wonder Bread factory located in downtown Waterloo, Iowa, shuttered its operations in November 2012 amidst bankruptcy proceedings. Built in 1927, the vacant building occupied an entire block within the community’s urban core adjacent to numerous public facilities including the library, hockey arena, children’s museum, and public market. City officials immediately worked with several key stakeholders, including the historic preservation committee and Main Street Waterloo, to identify a potential re-use for the 0.94-acre site; however, contamination concerns created anxieties for potential investors.
Brownfield Assessment Grant Assess Environmental Impacts of Underutilized Properties in Antioch
The Village of Antioch is a community of just over 14,000 residents located within the Chicago metropolitan area in northeastern Illinois. Along its main corridor of Illinois Route 83 (IL 83), many businesses either closed or moved resulting in the environmental and economic decline of the community’s urban core and central business district.
Council Bluffs Brownfields Success
Council Bluffs, IA
Council Bluffs has demonstrated a unique ability to quickly return properties to a productive re-use. Much of the City’s efforts have focused on the South Main Brownfields Project Area which is among the oldest and most deteriorated industrial districts in Council Bluffs.
Waterloo Brownfield Redevelopment
HR Green has helped secure 12 EPA Brownfields Grants for the City of Waterloo since 2000 which have helped inventory, characterize, assess, and cleanup numerous underutilized sites including a former construction machinery company.
Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary and Regional Trail
St. Paul, MN
Capitol Region Watershed District (CRWD) and City of St. Paul selected the team of HR Green and Inter-Fluve to conduct a feasibility study, develop concept plans and final design, complete three construction bid packages and construction oversight for the Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary and Regional Trail.
The Liberty Square Redevelopment Area comprises approximately 340 commercial, industrial.
February 7, 2020