The Vision-to-Action (V2A) community engagement model is a proven method of working with a community to reimagine underutilized and blighted areas. It engages municipal staff, residents, community groups, regulators, local businesses, and the property owner to work together, establish goals, and compare alternatives to optimize redevelopment outcomes. Learn what a V2A looks like through case studies and examples, and why community engagement is critical for redevelopment projects.
A small village located in Columbia County, New York, Philmont has always been a close-knit community. It was the creation of a memorial garden for Preston Stern back in 2000 that first brought a group of Philmont residents together. Five women - each from different backgrounds, from managing a business to serving as an ER nurse - came together with a shared passion for community revitalization. They quickly found that they enjoyed working together on the public space project that overlooked Summit Lake. This group founded Philmont Beautification Inc (PBI).
CCLR is pleased to announce the publication of the Guide to the Agencies, an exhaustive list of federal, Commonwealth, and non-profit agencies and funds available to assist in the Virgin Island's recovery, sustainability, well-being, quality of life, and of course the revitalization of brownfields. The guide contains short descriptions of the agencies and their programs making it an invaluable resource for program administrators everywhere.
CCLR se complace en anunciar la publicación de la Guía de las Agencias, un listado exhaustivo de agencias y fondos federales, estatales y organizaciones sin fines de lucro disponibles para ayudar en la recuperación, la sostenibilidad, el bienestar, la calidad de vida de Puerto Rico y, por supuesto, la revitalización de los brownfields. La guía bilingüe (producida en español e inglés) destaca descripciones breves de las agencias y sus programas, lo que lo convierte el documento en un recurso invaluable para los administradores de programas en todos los rincones de Puerto Rico.
Guide explains the real estate process for cleaning up and redeveloping one or more brownfields sites, including:
Nearby residents and other local community members benefit when a brownfield site is transformed from an eyesore and safety concern into a new job center, recreational facility, housing or other community amenity. Safely reusing a brownfield site is possible when a redevelopment plan helps guide site assessment and cleanup decisions. Often, the process of assessing and cleaning up a single brownfield site sparks community interest to identify other sites for redevelopment!
Brownfield properties are often overlooked for reuse or redevelopment due to fear of environmental contamination. Understanding the types of contaminants present (or potentially present) and how people may be exposed to those contaminants will help a community plan cleanup and site reuse options that limit exposure risk.
Unsafe levels of environmental contamination on a brownfield may result from past or current industrial, commercial, residential, agricultural or recreational uses and practices. Contaminants may be found in soil, water or air. Cleaning up contaminants on a brownfield reduces or eliminates potential health risks to residents, workers, pets and the surrounding environment. How much cleanup is needed depends on the specific contaminants found at the brownfield, the extent of contamination, and how the property will be reused.
Looking around your community, what kinds of past land uses do you see? Many commercial, industrial and even some residential properties may be environmentally contaminated due to past uses at the site. People who live, work, go to school, play or exercise on or near a property may not realize it is a brownfield site. They may not know walking or playing on site can cause potential exposure to contaminants.
This revised EPA guide explains the real estate process for cleaning up and redeveloping one or more brownfields sites, including: