Minnesota Brownfields News 
Annual MNCAR Awards Program 
Thursday, February 5, 3pm
Register here

Economic Development Day at the Capitol
Wednesday, February 11, 9- 11am 
Joint collaboration between EDAM, MAPCED, and SBDC
More information here

National Brownfields Training Conference
September 2-4, 2015, Chicago 
Registration is now open

Minnesota Brownfields ReScape Awards
Save the Date: Thursday, November 12 2015
Projects completed between Jan 1, 2013-Aug 31, 2015 are eligible for nomination
Last year's finalists can be found on our website
It's already time to start thinking about the ReScape Awards! Thank you again to all of our sponsors from last year's event. If your organization is interested in sponsorship for this year, please contact Natalie at 612.545.6389 or via email.

Congratulations to Andrea Brennan for being named Director of City of Minneapolis Housing Policy and Development!  



Capacity crowds at vapor intrusion forum series  
The two-part Vapor Intrusion series, hosted by Minnesota Brownfields, concluded on January 15. Topics covered include an overview of MPCA guidance and health risks, legal considerations and public communications, different remediation techniques, and a future outlook. All of the presentations are available on the Minnesota Brownfields website. Thank you to our sponsors, American Engineering Testing, Barr Engineering, and Home Safety Solutions for supporting the event and to the MPCA and other partners for helping make the event possible.  

2015 Minnesota Legislative Update

This year is a budget year. The redevelopment community always watches the level of funding for the Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development (DEED)'s Contamination Grant, Redevelopment, and Demo Loan programs. The Redevelopment Grant Program is nearly out of funds. Unfortunately, the program was not included in Governor Dayton's budget. 

Also proposed: a statewide New Markets Tax Credits Program (MN NMTC) modeled after the 
existing Federal program. There have been many successful projects completed throughout the lower income areas of Minnesota through the federal tax credit allocations, and a MN NMTC program will allow for additional projects that bring successful business growth and job creation and retention to each local community. Focus is on meeting the demand of business growth by providing capital for acquisition and renovation of buildings, new construction, and equipment purchases. This program is supported by the Economic Development Association of Minnesota, the League of Minnesota Cities, the Jobs Coalition, and the Saint Paul Port Authority. Also in discussion is a new statewide Land Assembly and Job Creation Program program, which will allow assembly from willing sellers of small contiguous properties into larger sites for development. There are also reports of a bill to increase funding to the state's drycleaner reimbursement account.

Thank you to DEED and SPPA for their assistance in preparing this update.

Changes to Soil Reference Values proposed
Following a multi-year process, the MPCA recently released draft SRVs for public review and input.
MPCA logoApproximately 40 sets of comments were received from outside organizations, including MN Brownfields. The MPCA is now reviewing all comments and will provide responses to those comments sometime in February. Shortly thereafter, the MPCA intends to release an updated SRV list, which includes more information regarding background values for additional stakeholder input. A more detailed timeline for providing input, including plans for informational meetings, will be posted on the MPCA's website.


Details emerge for Superior Plating site development

Finance and Commerce recently reported on Lennar Multifamily Communities eyeing the Superior Plating site in Northeast Minneapolis for an 18-story development.  Renderings were applauded at the recent Superior Plating Task Group meeting, and the project is awaiting approval from the Nicollet Island-East Bank Neighborhood Association. Lennar does not yet have ownership of the site or city approval, but is working toward a Feb 6 "notice to proceed" deadline. More info here.   



Leadership Changes at Minnesota Brownfields 

Our Board of Directors thanks Jon Carlson of Braun Intertec for his leadership over the past six years. Jon was instrumental in leading our Development Committee, helping to forge a path for our young non-profit organization to grow and thrive. Replacing Jon on the Board this month is Mary Sands of Barr Engineering. Welcome, Mary!

Thanks also to the following outgoing members of our
Advisory Committee for their service over the past two years: Keri Aufdencamp (MNDOT) Cathy Bennett (ULI), Jason Murray (Alexandria EDA), Patricia Nauman (Metro Cities), Mary Sands (Barr), Dan Schleck (Halleland Habicht), Scott Tankenoff (Hillcrest Development). The Advisory Committee is comprised of professionals from 12 different stakeholder areas and provides feedback to the Board, furthering involvement of Minnesota Brownfields within the redevelopment community.



Online Training Opportunities from ITRC
Soil Sampling and Decision Making Using Incremental Sampling Methodology 
February 3 (Part 1) & 5 (Part 2), 12:00pm-2:15pm
Use and Measurement of Mass Flux and Mass Discharge
February 10, 12:00pm-2:15pm
Groundwater Statistics for Environmental Project Managers
February 12, 12:00pm-2:15pm
Petroleum Vapor Intrusion: Fundamentals of Screening, Investigation, and Management

February 17, 12:00pm-2:15pm

EPA Brownfields Conference sessions to be announced in coming weeks
Last week, Executive Director Martha Faust was able to attend the review sessions for the EPA Brownfields Conference abstract submissions. Topics submitted ranged from urban agriculture on former brownfield sites to public benefit reuse. Sessions are expected to be announced in the coming weeks. Read more about Martha's experience here, and stay tuned. 

Outsmarting blight with "Blexting" in Detroit
Detroit is stepping away from automotive assembly lines for its newest bit of technology. The Motor City Mapping website has information on each lot in Detroit, where users can then "blext" the site or structure, noting if it has dumping, should be demolished, needs to be boarded up, or has other issues. CItizen mapping allows users to download the Motor City Mapping app and venture out into their neighborhoods, snapping photos and collecting data on blighted properties as they go. This data will be used by the Detroit Land Bank Authority to hone in on particular sites with the most pressing needs for development. Full article here

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo rejects brownfields bill, promises upgrade

Late 2014, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo vetoed a bill that would have extended the state's brownfield program that offered tax credits to developers to clean up contaminated sites, stating that the bill was too short-sighted. The bill would have used a $300 million bond to fund the program, which would have extended the availability of tax credits until March 2017. Cuomo has indicated he will propose a reform to the program this year. More info here   





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.

Thanks to our newest member GEI Consultants. 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
  • 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.
  • GEI Consultants
  • Gray Plant Mooty
  • Hillcrest Development, LLLP  
  • Historical Information Gatherers
  • Hyde Development, LLC
  • Impact 7G
  • 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 
  • Peer Engineering
  • Saint Paul Port Authority
  • SEH, Inc. 
  • Stinson Leonard Street 
  • Stoel Rives
  • Vieau Associates Inc. 
  • Wenck Associates  
  • WSB & Associates
  • WSP USA Corp.
  • Xcel Energy      
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.