What do a former gallery, bank and antique store in Vista, California have in common? They are brewfields!
Apart from being vacant for several months over the past few years, these former storefronts form part of Vista’s burgeoning brewery cluster on Main Street (and across the city), and which were part of CCLR’s brownfields workshop and walking tour on May 23rd.
When California abolished redevelopment agencies in 2012, cities like Vista lost most of its funding to promote economic development and affordable housing. Using sources cobbled together from a variety of sources, including brownfields grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, tax credits and state infrastructure grants, Vista facilitated infill reuse of several main street properties into affordable housing, transit oriented development, and yes, brewfields.
The Center for Creative Land Recycling, in partnership with the CA Department of Toxic Substances Control held a free half-day workshop and walking tour in Vista, focusing on recycling underutilized land for economic development, renewable energy, and affordable housing.
Speakers from State and Federal agencies identified many funding sources that can be used in creative ways to redevelop underutilized properties. Case studies included presentations from Carlos Aguirre from the City of National City, talking about creative ways they have used funds for redevelopment projects, including wetlands creation! Ian Webster with PV Navigator explained the process of developing solar arrays on closed landfills. Dan Johnson of SCS Engineers gave a background on the regulatory process. Brendon Bergen with Affirmed Housing spoke of infill and affordable housing projects in Southern California. In addition, CCLR’s workshop covered compelling mixed-use, open space, solar development and affordable housing case studies. As well as a preview of brownfields funding moving forward.
The day ended with a brew-newel tour of downtown Vista. The breweries on CCLR’s walking tour have distinct personalities and tasty taps. The buildings’ retrofits were just as ingenious as the brews – a two-fer worthy of multiple visits. From the old thrift shop on Main street to Mother Earth Brewing, and from old bank property to the happenin' Belching Beaver we caught the buzz for brewery redevelopment!
View the EPA Vista Brownfield Fact Sheet here
The presentations and resources can be found below. For more information, please contact CCLR or the speakers with specific questions.
For presentations, please click the speaker's last name:
Ignacio Dayrit | Center for Creative Land Recyling
Dan Johnson | SCS Engineers
Development Overview, Financing, Assessment and Cleanup
Maryam Tasnif-Abbasi | DTSC
Lynda Arakelian | Redhorse Corporation
Noemi Emeric-Ford | U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Ignacio Dayrit | Center for Creative Land Recycling
Carlos Aguirre | City of National City, CA
Brendon Bergen | Affirmed Housing
Ian Webster | PV Navigator