2018 California Land Recycling Conference

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Presented by: Center for Creative Land Recycling, CA Department of Toxic Substances Control, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 9


Date: October 24th & 25th, 2018
Location: Carson Event Center: 801 East Carson Street, Carson, CA 90745

On October 24 and 25th, CCLR, DTSC and US EPA convened over 250 redevelopment stakeholders for an intensive two-day land recycling conference. From pitch competitions, office hours, mobile tours and an after hours brownfields karaoke sing-a-long, the conference was packed with networking, learning, and a bit of fun. Read more about the conference and view resources on the event blog. View the program booklet here
















PITCH COMPETITION: The pitch competition offered a unique opportunity to raise the profile of a brownfield property at any stage of development and get feedback from investors and developers on your pitch. Applicants completed a questionnaire about a property in California currently seeking a buyer/investor. CCLR selected five submissions for presentation at the 2018 California Land Recycling Conference in Carson, CA on October 24th. The pitch competition increased the profile of sites, connected presenters with developers and resources and provided training from experts on being an informed seller.  A panel of four experts listened to the presentations and gave feedback on pitches. Read more about the selected properties here. 



Mary Hashem | RE Solutions

Jonathan Scharfman | Universal Paragon Corporation

Diana Sasser | National Development Council 

Matt Winefield | Winefield & Associates

Tim Smith | Environmental Liability Transfer

Maryam Tasnif-Abbasi | California DTSC

  • Speaker List
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Mobile Tours

The tours on Day 2 of the conference were designed to show attendees real-world examples of land recycling.


TOUR 1 itinerary:  The Porsche Experience Center, Victoria Links Golf Course, Carson Landfill, Dominguez Gap Wetlands


TOUR 2 itinerary:  Stubhub Ticket Center, Center for Sustainable Communities,  Wishing Tree Park / Del Amo Superfund Site

Read about the stops here:


Mobile Tour 1 

Porsche Experience Center
Located on a former 53-acre landfill site, the Porsche Experience Center is a “theme park for adults who love to drive.” It includes a 51,000sf, two-story concrete tilt-up with an automobile education and demonstration facility. Covering approximately 45-acres, the center features a world class driver’s experience course where drivers can practice maneuvering on rain, ice, and snow, as well as an off-road area, which will include 45 degree declines and ascents. The track includes an ice hill, kick-plate, and low friction circle. Home of Porsche Motorsport North America, the facility offers a gift shop, cafe, full-service restaurant, simulator lab, and meeting rooms. The Center is Porsche’s sixth facility worldwide. Come see this facility that you won’t be able to anywhere else! 


Cal Compact Landfill
A site with a long history, the 157-acre site Cal Compact Landfill operated from approximately 1959-1968 for disposal of household and industrial wastes, and was then purchased in the mid-1990s to build the Los Angeles Metro Mall. Several industrial companies were sued to recover costs associated with the remediation activities necessary to construct the proposed shopping mall.

The property is owned by the Carson Reclamation Authority, a joint powers authority set up for the City of Carson to take title to the property while also shielding the City from the potential environmental liability of owning a former landfill site. This is an active construction site, please wear closed-toe shoes.


Dominguez Gap Wetland Project

The Dominguez Gap Wetlands in Long Beach is part of a series of regional, multi-benefit projects implemented by the Los Angeles County Flood Control District and is one of the top demonstration projects of the Los Angeles River Master Plan. The project maintains the integrity of flood protection and groundwater recharge along the urban lower reaches of the river, while introducing new water quality elements, native habitat, and public use amenities. At this stop, expect to hear about the planning process used to make this a successful project, challenges of operations and maintenance, as well as how many features of this site can be applied to other urban waterways. 

Mobile Tour 2


The Stubhub Center
The StubHub Center, home of the LA Galaxy and the Los Angeles Chargers, originally opened as the "Home Depot Center" in 2003, and renamed  the “StubHub Center" shortly after. The 27,000-seat main stadium is the second American sports arena designed specifically for soccer. The Center has hosted many special events including the MLS All-Star Game, 2003 MLS Cup game, and the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup championship match. Pelé was in attendance at the opening match along with many dignitaries from the soccer world and other celebrities.
The Center’s commitment to athletics extends to the surrounding communities. Tennis courts, soccer training fields and a three-mile jogging trail with 12 fitness stations around the perimeter of the development is available to local residents.


Center for Sustainable Communities
The Center for Sustainable Communities (CSC) project began in 2014 when LA Neighborhood Services (NHS) toured an abandoned grocery store near Gonzalez Park, Compton Fire Station No. 3, and imagined a redevelopment that put health, housing, employment, conservation, and other public safety resources under one roof. 

The CSC opened in June 2017 and hosts the NHS Financial Empowerment Center, PCR Small Business Development Center, and Metro CDC youth development, education and gardening programs. The Center is an adaptive reuse of the original store, built with recycled materials, which uses LED lighting and low-flow toilets to minimize electricity and water consumption. The center is has drought tolerant landscaping and raised planting beds, built and managed by CSC partner Metro CDC.


Wishing Tree Park / Del Amo Superfund site
The 280-acre Del Amo site hosted industrial operations from 1943-1972 and produced synthetic rubber during World War II, and later for Shell Oil Company. The manufacturing process generated various hazardous wastes, and site operators deposited the waste in unlined pits and evaporation ponds, resulting in unsafe levels of hazardous substances various locations throughout the site. In the 1970s, most of the site was transformed into an industrial park. In 1981, the state required the cleanup of soil from the waste pits, and in 2002, the site was added to the Superfund National Priorities List, after the EPA proposed adding it in 1997. Cleanup efforts include capping the waste pits and extracting contaminated vapors, removing soil, and construction of a groundwater extraction and treatment system. Soil cleanup beneath the waste pits continues. All but about 10 of the 280 acres have been redeveloped for industrial and commercial uses, including light manufacturing, warehousing and offices.


Workshop Presentations
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List of Participants 
See full list of attendees. List as of 10/30. 
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