Rail Yard: The Scene of the Prime
CCLR primes communities to redevelop brownfields, through partnerships, training and technical assistance. Two events from last week included a Regional Tribal Workshop (conducted with CCLR’s partner, Kansas State University) and the Arizona State Brownfields workshop.
The venue for the Tucson workshop mirrored the Arizona brownfields scene and the event itself. The Rail Yard is a reuse of a former light industrial building and warehouse on a state superfund site which now hosts co-working space for professionals and artisan manufacturing. The practice of brownfields redevelopment in Arizona is rich with examples of success stories from tribal, rural and urban communities. Like the venue, the workshops weaved together a montage of stories and pictures, which all the participants shared. The eclectic art and recycled furniture are designed and fabricated in the building. Take a tour: www.railyardtucson.com.
TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TO TRIBAL COMMUNITIES ADDRESSING BROWNFIELDS
Day 1 of the Arizona Brownfields workshop started off with a beautiful morning prayer lead by Mike Henry's son, from the Tohono O'odham Nation.
After the prayer, the 41 attendees jumped right into the overview of the National Tribal Technical Assistance to Brownfields Communities (TAB) given by Oral Saulters of Kansas State University. The next session covered the Tribal Response Program (TRP) and Mickey Hartnett of KSU spoke about 128(a) elements, opportunities, and examples and opened the floor to discussion. Continuing on the open dialogue, Ignacio, José Garcia from EPA Region 9, Mike Henry and Brian Davidson of the Inter-Tribal Council of Arizonacontinued the discussion about leveraging TRPs, which generated audience questions about connections to other programs while panelists offered tips and insights. The afternoon session maintained the interactive dialogue while the KSU TAB facilitatiors spoke on identifying needs, updates, lessons, and trends from across EPA regions.
If you are looking for presentations of this day, please follow this link to KSU TAB's website.
CCLR ARIZONA STATE BROWNFIELDS WORKSHOP
Day 2 of the Arizona Brownfields workshop started with a tour of several redevelopment projects in the cities of South Tucson and Tucson. The first stop, Las Abuelitas, was created due to need for accessible and affordable housing with a special focus on grandparents and great-grandparents raising children through foster care or adoption and exemplifies the creativity and partnerships required for successful projects. Las Abuelitas offers a community garden, a public basketball court, and a community orchard, while also offering after-school services to local children. After Las Abuelitas, the group visited the Tucson House Low Income Housing (LIH) projec, which has been in service since 1999 and has a total of 408 low income units. Last but not least, the tour stopped at Cadence. Completed in August 2013, the Cadence is a transit-oriented mixed-use student housing development. In partnership with the University of AZ, the Cadence is an off-campus privately owned student housing project and is identified as an affiliated student housing project.
Back at the Rail Yard, several panel sessions provided 45 attendees with highlights of brownfields case studies, including:
Daniel Tylutki with Pima County, who also lectures at University of Arizona, gave his version of advanced brownfields redevelopment with his lecture, Brownfields 400, and Charles Flynn with the City of Yuma provided an overview of the long journey to sustainable development. Laura Hyneman with the City of Mesa and Lily Bermejo of the Salt River Pima County Indian Community provided urban and tribal perspectives. Jennie Curé with Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, Diana Sasser with the National Development Council and CCLR’s Ignacio Dayrit describing funding and financing options for all phases of redevelopment, and Joel Gastelum, of Pima County (speaking on behalf of the City of South Tucson), Kayla Virgone of the City of Tucson and Rosanne Albright of the City of Phoenix presenting community uses and healthfields. State Senator Andrea Dealessandro offered any assistance that state legislature may bring to recycle land and support sustainable development – a refreshing response to the cooperative atmosphere at the workshop.
Please click on the speakers last name to view their presentations (some not available).
Click HERE to view the agenda.
PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION
- Charles Flynn | City of Yuma
- Sandy Palmer | Manager, Gila County Industrial Authority
- Daniel Tylutki | Senior Program Manager, Pima County Community Development and Neighborhood Conservation
- Brad Johnston | SCS Engineers (moderator)
- WHAT IS A SUSTAINABLE USE ON RECYCLED LAND?
- Laura Hyneman | Deputy Director – Environmental Management and Sustainability Department, City of Mesa
- Lily Bermejo | Brownfields Program Manager, Salt River Pima Indian Community
- David Barraza | Regional Manager, GeoTek (moderator)
- Ignacio Dayrit | Program Director, Center for Creative Land Recycling
- Jennie Curé | Brownfields Coordinator, Arizona DEQ Brownfields Program
- Diana Sasser | West Team Field Director, National Development Council
HEALTHFIELDS AND COMMUNITY USES
- Joel Gastelum | Program Manager, Pima County
- Rosanne Albright | Acting Environmental Programs Administrator, City of Phoenix
- Kayla Virgone | Environmental Scientist, City of Tucson
- Teresa Harris | Principal Scientist, ATC Group Services (moderator)
At the evening networking, Ben Vernon of Crooked Tooth Brewing Company had a homecoming of sorts: before he started crafting brews, he collected groundwater samples for site cleanup projects. His experience reflects the eclectic mix of experience and background of the Arizona brownfields professionals, whether new to the EPA brownfields scene or a "seasoned" veteran. Ever supportive, the camaraderie was contagious – a feeling CCLR hopes to replicate in future workshops.
Click here to view a list the October 4th Techincal Assistance to Tribal Communities Addressing Brownfields Attendees.
Click here to view a list of the Octoer 5th CCLR Arizona State Brownfields Workshop attendess.
View the Arizona State and Regional Tribal Workshops page here.
CCLR thanks Geotek, SCS Engineers and ATC, and GES, who made the entire day free to participants through their generous sponsorship. CCLR’s work is funded by a grant from the US EPA’s brownfields program.