Transforming Brownfield Sites Into Community-Driven Assets

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Learning Outcomes

  • Consider how market and financial constraints can lead to creative redevelopment solutions that leverage private investment and economic development.
  • Assess how transforming contaminated sites into new, mixed-use places requires interdisciplinary collaboration with long-term funding and capital.
  • Capitalize on a brownfield's existing conditions to create an authentic design that fosters a vibrant community destination.

Course Details

The redevelopment of legacy sites offers great potential to stitch underused or abandoned industrial and commercial properties back into the fabric of a neighborhood.

Presenters discuss two case studies that were recently planned, with the first phases under construction. One of these creative brownfield restorations includes a Justice Center campus with new offices, mental health facilities, and an entire village center to stimulate investment and job creation. The project addressed neighborhood infill; housing affordability, choice, and enhancements; and policies to protect against gentrification.

The second project redevelops two adjacent indoor mall sites to form walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods in a community that could not expand its jurisdictional borders to add new housing. The community had no other land on which to add housing. This project opened the opportunity to build new housing types at varying price points, from workforce to executive housing, in differing neighborhood styles. Presenters discuss how they leveraged market dynamics, funding, and community leadership.