October 2015
Minnesota Brownfields News
Upcoming Events & Announcements
Minnesota Brownfields has a new office!
We are still in the same building, but with a new suite. Our office address is:
2801 21st Ave S, Suite 145
Minneapolis, MN 55407

Finance and Commerce: Top Projects of 2014
Wednesday, October 21st, 4:30-7pm
Muse Event Center, Minneapolis
Click here for registration information
Minnesota Brownfields ReScape Awards
Thursday, November 12th
Union Depot, St. Paul
Click here for more information
Minnesota News
Minnesota Brownfields ReScape Awards

The Minnesota Brownfields ReScape Awards ceremony is fast approaching. To secure your table at this year's event on Thursday, November 12th, follow this link or email Nance Anders at nance@mnbrownfields.org. This year features a seated dinner.

Judges are working hard reviewing nominations, and finalist projects will be announced on Monday, October 5th.

The Mac Hyde Award winner for this year has been selected and will be announced at the ReScape Awards. The Mac Hyde Award honors the late Maclay "Mac" Hyde by recognizing an individual in the redevelopment community who portrays the following qualities:
  • High ethical standards
  • Commitment to serving the community and the environment
  • Excellence in brownfield redevelopment
  • Willingness to take risks
  • A genuine interest in helping and mentoring others in the field
This year's winner is a member of the Minnesota and National Button Societies... can you guess who it is?  
Mississippi Market opens in Dayton's Bluff neighborhood

After significant local involvement and site remediation, the new Mississippi Market food co-op has opened on West 7th in Saint Paul. The site had been home to a former commercial laundry facility and dry cleaner, yet the challenges proved worth it to the community located in a food desert. This project received funding from the Metropolitan Council's Tax Base Revitilization Account and the Department of Employment and Economic Development's Contamination Cleanup Grant. Read more from Eastside Review News here.
Saint Paul Port Authority finds developer for Downtown Macy's
 
Oppidan Investment Co. of Excelsior has been selected as the developer for the downtown St. Paul Macy's building from the Saint Paul Port Authority with plans to redevelop the site into a training facility for the Minnesota Wild. The Port Authority has been marketing the site for nearly two years, and the Minnesota Wild has been seeking a strategic location for their practice facility. Read more from MPR News here.
Brownfields offer room for innovation in renewable energy development 

Brownfield redevelopment has long been at the forefront of smart growth practices and principles. These same developments can influence sustainable behaviors by incorporating transit-oriented development, reducing the need for additional infrastructure, and including renewable energy options. This article by Ever-Green Energy discusses options for Minnesota brownfield sites and their renewable energy potential.
"Greenest apartments in Minnesota" now open in Minneapolis
 
The Rose Apartments, developed by affordable housing developer Aeon, are the first of their kind in Minnesota to follow the Living Building Challenge. The apartments, located on the corner of Portland and Franklin, incorporate innovative sustainability features, making them 75% more energy efficient than if they had been constructed to standard. . Read the Urban Land Institute case study here
Update to Voluntary Remediation Program Application released
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)'s Remediation Division has an updated Voluntary Remediation Program Application (c-vic3-01).  This link takes you to the PDF version.  A Word version is available on the Brownfields webpage Please begin using this updated version of the application.  If you have any questions, please contact  Andrew Nichols Stacey Hendry-Van Patten , or  Gary Krueger
Renewable Energy on Brownfields - upcoming forum
In January 2016, Minnesota Brownfields will host a session on the various issues relating to developing solar energy on brownfields. This session will include topics such as market economics of developing solar, trends in solar development, site considerations and development, permitting and regulations, and risk and liability. 

Sponsorship opportunities available. Contact Martha Faust at 651-307-4371 for details.
Minnesota brownfield grant rounds approaching
Applications for brownfield grant funding from the Department of Employment and Economic Development, Metropolitan Council, Hennepin County, and Ramsey County are due on November 1. Information on each source can be found here:

Additionally, the MPCA offers Targeted Brownfields Assistance (TBAP) to assist in Phase I and II Site Assessments and Response Action Plan preparation. The current TBAP program focuses on projects in Greater Minnesota. More info here.

National News
Online Trainings through ITRC
October 6, 12:00- 2:15pm CST
October 7, 12:00- 2:15pm CST
October 8, 12:00- 2:15pm CST
October 15, 12:00- 2:30pm CST
October 20, 12:00- 2:30pm CST
New national marketplace for brownfield sites
Brownfield Listings  is a new redevelopment marketplace built for properties that don't fit in regular real estate channels.  Built as a kind of due diligence clearinghouse, property sellers and project managers can list available propeties. When listing properties, users can upload surveys, assessments, and environmental reports directly to the listing-connecting these primary materials to a national redevelopment audience. Users can also tag your property for relevant features and market conditions. Creating a user account  and   organizations  are free .  
Smart Growth America offering Free Community Workshops
Applications are being accepted now through Wednesday, October 21st at 4:00pm CST for free community workshops, ranging from smart growth 101 to sustainable land use code audits. Over 50 communities have already benefited from this free service. View the application information here.
Thank You Members & Sponsors
Minnesota Brownfields work is largely made possible through the generous contributions of our members. Individual memberships are available starting at $25/year, but a contribution at any level helps pay for this monthly e- newsletter  and other publications and programming. Donate  now .

Thank you to those named below for becoming Redevelopment, Remediation or RAP Development level members, renewing membership at those levels, or for sponsoring our events in the past 12 months:
  • American Engineering Testing
  • AMEC
  • AMI Consulting Engineers
  • American National Bank 
  • Barr Engineering Company
  • Bay West 
  • Braun Intertec Corporation
  • Carlson McCain
  • City of Duluth/DEDA 
  • Dominium  
  • Dorsey & Whitney  
  • Duluth Seaway Port Authority 
  • Economic Development Association of Minnesota 
  • Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.
  • Gray Plant Mooty
  • GEI Consultants
  • GHD 
  • Hillcrest Development, LLLP  
  • Historical Information Gatherers
  • Home Safety Solutions
  • Hyde Development, LLC
  • Impact 7G
  • Javelin Group
  • Johnson Wilson
  • Landmark Environmental, LLC
  • LHB Inc. 
  • Liesch - a Terracon Company
  • Metropolitan Council
  • Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development
  • Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
  • Minnesota Power
  • The Opus Group    
  • Pace Analytical
  • Pinnacle Engineering 
  • Saint Paul Port Authority
  • SEH, Inc. 
  • Stinson Leonard Street 
  • Stoel Rives
  • Veit
  • Vieau Associates Inc. 
  • Wenck Associates  
  • WSB & Associates
  • WSP USA Corp.
  • Xcel Energy

Become a member today>>

Through education, research and partnerships, Minnesota Brownfields promotes the efficient cleanup and reuse of contaminated land as a means of generating economic growth, strengthening communities and enabling sustainable land use and development.