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A Second Change. Brownfield Redevelopment in Pittsburgh.

A Second Change. Brownfield Redevelopment in Pittsburgh.

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Final Project. Capstone Seminar in Economic Development and Planning. 1998

Final Project. Capstone Seminar in Economic Development and Planning. 1998

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Brownfields Redevelopment in Pittsburgh
Capstone Seminar in Economic Development and PlanningBrownfields Revitalization in PittsburghApril 21, 1998Graduate School of Public andInternational AffairsUniversity of Pittsburgh
 Pennsylvania Planning Association, 1998 Student Project Award, Winner American Institute of Certified Planners, 1999 AICP Student Award forContemporary Issues, Honorable Mention
Capstone Seminar in Economic Development and PlanningSpring 1998Graduate School of Public and International AffairsUniversity of Pittsburgh
Participants Program
 Paul D. Barrett MURP Kirsten M. Bertges MURP Joan Marie Black MPA Paul Eiswerth MPA Markus Olin-Fahle MURP/MSTed Ferring MPPM Yoshie Kamei MURPStacey King MPIA/MBACarlos Lucca MURPOswar M. Mungkasa MURP Marc D. McCauley MURP Kentaro Onishi MPA Jeremy Parnes MURPSergio Purrinos MURPCarmen Rozzi MPPM  Amy F. Snider MPAGeorge Zboyovsky MPIA/MBA
Sabina DeitrickAssistant ProfessorGraduate School of Public and International AffairsUniversity of Pittsburgh
The subject of brownfield redevelopment is wide ranging, and it is one thatencourages research by people with a wide variety of interests and experiences. In thisclass, we each have been able to examine brownfields redevelopment. Our researchranged from big picture information providing background and context pertinent tobrownfields revitalization to a more specific focus on brownfield redevelopment inPittsburgh. Our major findings and conclusions are:
 Regional policies and practices
greatly impact brownfields issues.
 A regional format
is needed to implement a multi-faceted approach to the brownfieldissue. There must be an “idea” branch, which will create a comprehensive developmentplan for the county. The second branch should act as a clearinghouse, collectinginformation and tracking interested community groups. Finally, the third branch shouldbe the “marketing” branch.
The abundance and variety of stakeholder groups
involved in brownfieldsredevelopment definitely requires a structured approach in order to take advantage of thebenefits these groups can provide and to avoid the pitfalls that might result if not properlymanaged.
Community groups
can and should become more active in brownfields redevelopment.We conducted two transactional Phase I investigations, using publicly available resourcesand meeting with community groups and other actors and have recommendations forpublic and community officials on both of these sites.We also reviewed funding options and programs:
 special service district
like the Regional Asset District should fund the beginnings of arevolving loan program. This could be administered by representatives from differentmunicipalities, each of them with brownfields they wish to redevelop and could makeloans available at favorable rates to investors in brownfield development.
Taxing bodies
in southwestern Pennsylvania should be encouraged to consider the two-tiered property tax. Enabling legislation to this end should be introduced in the statelegislature. Theory and evidence indicates that it can be effective, particularly if implemented regionally and by all taxing bodies.
brownfields requires sensitivity and creativity. Marketing industrial propertyon the World Wide Web is one tool in the marketing package, but it cannot be the soleeffort in order to have a successful development program. The ancillary servicesprovided by both Clean Start and SEDCOR are prime examples of the way economicdevelopment programs and educational efforts go hand in hand with the marketing effort.

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