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Success Stories, Lessons Learned, And Best Practices

Lessons Learned
Best Practices
Guidance
Success Stories By State
Success Stories Of Petroleum Brownfields For Tribes

 

Petroleum brownfield projects not only improve public health and the environment, they often create jobs and revitalize neighborhoods.  Local, state, and federal governments have over 25 years of experience in assessing and cleaning up petroleum-contaminated sites.  They also have almost a decade of experience reusing cleaned up petroleum sites. The success stories, lessons learned, and best practices listed below result from these experiences.

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Lessons Learned

Recycling America's Gas Stations Exit EPA Disclaimer
The Northeast Midwest Institute and National Association of Local Government Environmental Professionals (NALGEP) report on initial USTfields pilots. 2002.

For lessons learned in the EPA Brownfields program, see:

Brownfield Grants: Lessons Learned From NALGEP's Brownfield Grants Task Force (PDF) Exit EPA Disclaimer (20 pp, 1.2MB, About PDF)
The National Association of Local Government Environmental Professionals (NALGEP). 2008.


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Best Practices

The links below identify common challenges associated with petroleum brownfields and provide examples of the best practices used to surmount known challenges.

A Primer for Petroleum Brownfields: What Can Your Community Do To Revitalize UST Sites? (PDF) Exit EPA Disclaimer (20 pp, 4.3MB, About PDF)
Northeast-Midwest Institute. 2003.

Toolbox for Cleanups and Redevelopment of Contaminated Sites in Small Cities and Rural Communities (PDF) Exit EPA Disclaimer (29 pp, 3.9MB, About PDF)
Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials (ASTSWMO). 2007.

Sustainability And Petroleum Brownfields

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Guidance

These model guidance documents provide examples of tools used by petroleum brownfield revitalization practitioners that are potentially applicable to new petroleum brownfield projects.

Anatomy of Brownfields Redevelopment (PDF) (7 pp, 2.6MB, About PDF)
EPA guidance document intended for real estate transactions but useful to other practitioners as well.

Toolbox for Cleanups and Revelopment of Contaminated Sites in Small Cities and Rural Communities (PDF) Exit EPA Disclaimer (29 pp, 3.9MB, About PDF)
Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials (ASTSWMO). 2007.

Ready For Reuse: A New Measure Of Remedial Progress (Presentation) (PDF) Exit EPA Disclaimer (25 pp, 522K, About PDF)
EPA Region 6. 2004.


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Success Stories By State

Across the U.S., petroleum brownfield sites have been cleaned up and reused successfully. Case studies describe successful petroleum brownfield projects and contain a great deal of information that can be applied to future projects.

Success Stories For Tribes

Alabama

Selma, AL
Using Brownfield Redevelopment to Sustain Small-Town Heritage (PDF) Exit EPA Disclaimer (2 pp, 52K, About PDF)

Alaska
Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation - Reuse & Redevelopment Initiative Exit EPA Disclaimer
(scroll down page)

Arkansas

Little Rock, AR
Environmentally-Conscious Redevelopment Creates a New Home Base for World Hunger Organization (PDF) (2 pp, 95K, About PDF)
EPA-560-F-06-235.   August 2006.

California
San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board: Brownfield Sites Exit EPA Disclaimer

Signal Hill, CA
Transforming Brownfields Using EPA Petroleum Funding (PDF) (4 pp, 80K, About PDF)
EPA-560-F-06-248.   October 2006.
Features Houston, TX, Prineville, OR and Signal Hill, CA.

Connecticut

Bridgeport, CT
Blighted Neighborhood Makeover: Revamping Industry in the City of Bridgeport (PDF) (1 pg, 102K, About PDF)
EPA-560-F-06-230.   August 2006.

East Hartford, CT
Brownfields Success in New England: Goodwin College Riverfront Campus (PDF) (1 pg, 510K, About PDF)

Glastonbury, CT
Glastonbury Riverfront Community Center

Hartford, CT
A Decade-Long Dream Becomes Reality in Hartford (PDF) (1 pg, 90K, About PDF)
EPA-560-F-06-241.   August 2006.

Ledyard, CT
Former Erickson Property becomes a City Park

Manchester, CT
ActionAir Systems: Success in EPA Conducted Targeted Brownfields Assessments

New Britain, CT
Urban Oaks Organic Farm

New Haven, CT
"r" Kids Family Center

New London, CT
Success in EPA-Conducted Targeted Brownfields Assessments

New Milford, CT
Success in Brownfields Assessment and Revolving Loan Fund Programs

Norwich, CT
Brownfields Success in New England: Occum Park (PDF) (1 pg, 364K, About PDF)

Shelton, CT
Brownfields Success in New England: Farmer's Market Site (PDF) (1 pg, 720K, About PDF)

Stamford, CT
Harley Davidson / Buell Dealership of Stamford

Delaware
Delaware Brownfields Success Stories Exit EPA Disclaimer

Wilmington, DE
Delaware Promotes Redevelopment at LUST Sites

Abandoned Gas Station Now Aesthetic Greenspace in Historic Wilmington

District of Columbia

Camp Simms Military Reservation
From Rifles to Residential

Department of Transportation
Paving the Way for a New Department of Transportation Headquarters

The Jefferson
D.C.'s Voluntary Cleanup Program Transforms Defunct Land into Fine Living/Retail Space

Florida
A Tour of Florida's Brownfields Redevelopment Program (PDF) Exit EPA Disclaimer (52 pp, 3.4MB, About PDF)

Clearwater, FL
Clearwater's Revitalization Spectrum: From High-tech Industry to Community Health Clinic (PDF) (3 pp, 111K, About PDF)
EPA 500-F-01-219.   June 2001.

Improving Public Health in Brownfields Communities (PDF) (4pp, 188K, About PDF)
EPA-560-F-07-253.   January 2008.

Hawaii
Land Revitalization in Hawaii

Idaho
Idaho Department of Environmental Quality: Brownfields Success Stories Exit EPA Disclaimer
(see City of Smelterville and Bruce and Rod's Tire Factory)

Illinois
Four Different Cities, Four Different Grants (PDF) Exit EPA Disclaimer (4 pp, 375K, About PDF)

Indiana
Indiana Finance Authority: Brownfields Redevelopment Success Stories Exit EPA Disclaimer

Iowa
Iowa Department of Natural Resources: USTfield Projects Exit EPA Disclaimer

Kansas
Brownfields Redevelopment Success in Kansas (PDF) Exit EPA Disclaimer (75 pp, 3.0MB, About PDF)

Louisiana

Lake Charles, LA
Charpentier Historic District (PDF) (1 pg, 125K, About PDF)

Shreveport, LA
Shreveport Convention Center (PDF) (2 pp, 165K, About PDF)

A Brownfields Intervention Results in the New Shreveport Convention Center (PDF) (1 pg, 92K, About PDF)
EPA-560-F-07-213.   June 2007.

Transforming Brownfields Industrial Eyesores into Recreational Open Space Attractions (PDF) (3 pp, 695K, About PDF)
EPA 500-F-01-345.   September 2001.
Features Shreveport, LA, Denver, CO, Providence, RI, Tallahassee, FL and Dallas, TX Pilots.

Maine

Lewiston, ME
Bates Mill
Former Civil War Textile Mill is Given New Economic Life with the Help of $775,000 in Funding from the EPA

Former Mill Complex Redeveloped for Light Industrial Use, with a 300,000 square-foot Convention Center Planned (PDF) (1 pg, 141K, About PDF)
EPA-560-F-08-294.   September 2008.

Lewiston Initiates Community Investment with Bates Mill Redevelopment (PDF) (2 pp, 446K, About PDF)
EPA 500-F-00-254.   March 2004.

Old Town, ME
Lily-Tulip Factory

Old Town's New Look: Along the Waterfront, an Abandoned Manufacturing Site Joins Two City Parks (PDF) (3 pp, 340K About PDF)
EPA 500-F-98-270.   November 1998.

Perry, ME
Pleasant Point Reservation
Brownfields Success in New England: Sipayik Corner Store (PDF) (1 pg, 610K, About PDF)

Maryland

Baltimore, MD
Walgreens Turns Community Liabilities into Community Assets in Maryland

Sustainable Redevelopment of Brownfields - Fostering Economic Development and Protecting the Environment (PDF) (2 pp, 298K, About PDF)
EPA 500-F-03-031.   May 2003.
Features Baltimore, MD, Cape Charles, VA, and Knoxville, TN pilots

Using "Green" Buildings on Brownfields: Using Innovative Architecture to Improve Performance (PDF) (4 pp, 691K, About PDF)
EPA 500-F-03-249.   October 2003.
Features Baltimore, MD, Cape Charles, VA, and Washington, DC pilots

Massachusetts
Massachusetts Deparment of Environmental Protection: Building on History Exit EPA Disclaimer

Boston, MA
Redevelopment of Parcel 8 - 505 Tremont St.

Chicopee, MA
The WWLP-22 Television Station

Fitchburg, MA
Rubber Factory Contaminated Site Becomes an Urban Oasis

New Bedford, MA
Success in EPA-Conducted Targeted Brownfields Assessments

Sid Wainer & Son Co. Greenhouse

Northampton, MA
Old Northampton Fire Station

Westfield, MA
Former H.B. Smith Property

Worcester, MA
Gardner-Kilby-Hammond (GKH) Revitalization Project

Michigan

Abandoned Gas Stations Exit EPA Disclaimer

Redeveloped State Funded Cleanup Sites Exit EPA Disclaimer

Minnesota
Brownfields Success Stories Exit EPA Disclaimer

St. Louis Park, MN
Region 5 Brownfields: Success Stories

Mississippi
Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality: Brownfields Exit EPA Disclaimer

Missouri

St. Louis, MO
MLK Plaza (PDF) Exit EPA Disclaimer (2 pp, 315K, About PDF)

Montana
Brownfields Newsletters and Presentations Exit EPA Disclaimer

The Outreach: Focus on Petroleum Brownfields (PDF) Exit EPA Disclaimer (8 pp, 537K, About PDF)
Vol 4, Issue 1. May 2008.

Nevada
Nevada Brownfields Program Exit EPA Disclaimer

Reno, NV
Reno's New Events Center is a Major Venue for Downtown Entertainment (PDF) (1 pg, 87K, About PDF)
EPA-560-F-06-226.   August 2006.

New Hampshire

Belmont, NH
Brownfields New Hampshire Success Stories: Former Belmont Gulf Gas Station, Belmont (PDF) Exit EPA Disclaimer (2 pp, 156K, About PDF)

Carroll, NH
Brownfields New Hampshire Success Stories: Former Twin Mountain Sunoco Gas Station, Carroll (PDF) Exit EPA Disclaimer (2 pp, 143K, About PDF)

Greenfield, NH
East Coast Steel

Henniker, NH
Former Contoocook Valley Paper Company

Nashua, NH
Former Whitney Screw Property

New Ipswich, NH
Seppala and Aho: Success in Assessment Demonstration Pilot Program

New Jersey

Trenton, NJ
Old Pottery Factory Site Gives Way to New Development in Trenton (PDF) (2 pp, 133K, About PDF)
EPA 500-F-01-227.   June 2001.

New Mexico
Brownfields Success Stories Exit EPA Disclaimer

Santa Fe, NM
Santa Fe Railyard (PDF) (1 pg, 112K, About PDF)

New York
Environmental Cleanup Success Stories Exit EPA Disclaimer

Buffalo, NY
URBAN DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
New Life Breathed into Former Industrial Property (PDF) (1 pg, 102K, About PDF)
EPA-560-F-08-317.   November 2008.

North Carolina

Fayetteville, NC
A Salute to the Armed Forces in Fayetteville (PDF) (2 pp, 347K, About PDF)
EPA 500-F-03-017.  May 2003.

Brownfields Metamorphosis - From Abandoned Properties to Cultural Celebrations (PDF) (3 pp, 384K, About PDF)
EPA 500-F-02-034.   April 2002.
Features Tacoma, WA, Fayetteville, NC, Bethlehem Steel, PA, and Louisville, KY Pilots.

Ohio

Hamilton, OH
Region 5 Brownfields: Success Stories

Oregon

Prineville, OR
Transforming Brownfields Using EPA Petroleum Funding (PDF) (4 pp, 80K, About PDF)
EPA-560-F-06-248.   October 2006.
Features Houston, TX, Prineville, OR and Signal Hill, CA.

Pennsylvania

Allentown, PA
Vacant Hulk Ready for Ruin to Fulfill Lehigh Riverfront Vision

Chester, PA
Waterfront Redevelopment Project in Chester, Pa. Scores Top Honor

Rhode Island
Reinvesting in Rhode Island's Brownfields: Brownfields Case Study Exit EPA Disclaimer

Providence, RI
Save the Bay Center

South Carolina

Greenville, SC
In Greenville, SC, Coordinating Resources from two EPA Programs Maximizes Their Effectiveness and Results (PDF)
(3 pp, 171K, About PDF)

EPA-560-F-239.   March 2008.

Texas

Dallas, TX
Victory Park (PDF) (2 pp, 179K, About PDF)

Greenville, TX
Greenville Grocery Store (PDF) (1 pg, 168K, About PDF)

Houston, TX
Federal Reserve Bank Building (PDF) (1 pg, 99K, About PDF)

Transforming Brownfields Using EPA Petroleum Funding (PDF) (4 pp, 80K, About PDF)
EPA-560-F-06-248.   October 2006.
Features Houston, TX, Prineville, OR and Signal Hill, CA.

Utah
Utah Department of Environmental Quality: Petroleum Brownfields Programs Exit EPA Disclaimer (scroll down)

Salt Lake City, UT
Engaging Communities in Healthy Living Through Revitalization: Jefferson School Apartments Phase II (PDF) (1 pg, 90K, About PDF)

Vermont

Bellow Falls, VT
Boccelli's Cafe & Auction House (PDF) (1 pg, 798K, About PDF)

Waypoint Visitor's Center

Burlington, VT
Development of the Vermont Bus Barns Property

Affordable Waterfront Apartments

Hartford, VT
Rail Road Row Redevelopment

Swanton, VT
Habitat for Humanity Sees a Former Gas Station as a Perfect Fit for Residential Reuse (PDF)
(1 pg, 103K, About PDF)

EPA-560-F-08-304.   October 2008.

Virginia
Virginia Department of Environmental Quality Brownfields/Land Renewal: Success Stories Exit EPA Disclaimer

Abingdon, VA
Closure of Oil Storage Plant in Abingdon, Virginia Leads to Opening of Walgreens

Arlington, VA
Prime D.C. Suburban Property Back on the Map

Bluefield, VA
Flood Control in Bluefield, Va. Leads to Cleanup and Greenway Development

Bristol, VA
Building a Library on Bristol's Blue Grass Roots

Roanoke, VA
Roanoke's Industrial Core Gets Economic Transplant As Biotechnology Hub

Washington
State of Washington Department of Ecology: Brownfields Revitalization Exit EPA Disclaimer

West Virginia

Charleston, WV
Charleston, WV Narrows the Field of Petro Sites for Reuse

Baseball Triumphs over Environmental Changes at New Charleston Baseball Stadium

Wisconsin
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources: Remediation & Redevelopment Program Success Stories Exit EPA Disclaimer


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Maine

Perry, ME
Pleasant Point Reservation
Brownfields Success in New England: Sipayik Corner Store (PDF) (1 pg, 610K, About PDF)

 

To learn more about petroleum brownfields, see:
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