Multi-faceted Brownfields Redevelopment


  • The different ways brownfields redevelopment can have positive community and environmental impacts. These include the nature of the clean-up, resilience, relationship to transit, and long-term economic and health benefits
  • How redevelopment projects use different funding streams to become feasible
  • How redevelopments of various types and sizes can be made more environmentally-responsible, transit-oriented, and community-engaging
  • Techniques to improve community involvement and the results of projects that maximize environmental and economic benefits
  • How land use and technical consultants, private developers, nonprofits, and local governments perceive brownfield redevelopment opportunities


This diverse panel addresses the complexities of environmentally responsible development and brownfield changes since the last APA conference in New York (2000.) 

Barry Hersh, AICP, moderates and briefly discusses projects in New York and Connecticut, from planning and real estate perspectives.  

Kevin Dwarka, Esq., PhD, AICP
, discusses the remediation of distressed parcels in Albany and smaller Hudson River communities, featuring transit oriented development and land-use tools to bring desired new activity. 

Michael Taylor, AICP
, President Vita Nuova LLC, describes innovative efforts in Toledo, Ohio, supported by EPA, focused on economic development in a stressed community including the reuse of a former Jeep manufacturing facility, by the Toledo Lucas County Port Authority resulting in job creation and remediation through community engagement. 

Jean Hamerman
, Deputy Director of the Center for Creative Land Recycling, a California based nonprofit providing technical assistance on brownfield redevelopment around the country. Her presentation focuses on federal funds, and community engagement in varied communities, including California examples.