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Back to Blog February 2, 2016

Web Site Launched: Brownfields Planning Project

Author: MM

A new web site for the EPA-funded Brownfields Area-Wide Planning project was launched last week. Please visit the site to learn about the project and see initial findings and community engaement materials. 

Background: The Center for Sustainable Communities and its community partner, New Kensington Community Development Corporation, are developing a Brownfields Area-Wide Plan for a key portion of Philadelphia’s Lower North Delaware Industrial District. The brownfields challenges in our project are representative of both location-specific factors and issues typical of brownfield redevelopment. One hundred-fifty years of industrial history, from coal to textile or food distribution, cannot help but leave a trace. Locational factors including high vacancy rates, weak market forces, and former industrial uses highlight the classic brownfields challenges of financial barriers, liability issues, and cleanup considerations. The coalescence of these types of difficulties significantly impacts the economic, social, public health, and environmental justice concerns within the project area, and significantly hampers development. Our plan will summarize the cleanup and reuse implementation strategies for the catalyst sites using information obtained through research into community engagement, prioritization, existing conditions, partnerships, and potential resources.