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.
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.
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.