Semana de Brownfields en Puerto Rico
Jun 11, 2018

Semana de Brownfields en Puerto Rico

During the week of May 7th, 2018, CCLR and its partners EDS, DISUR, and CDM Smith worked with U.S. EPA to organize a series of brownfields redevelopment events in Guaynabo. Those events included the 4th Cumbre para el Desarrollo de Brownfields en Puerto Rico on May 10th. Materials for these events are below. CCLR thanks all of our speakers and participants, and looks forward to working with these stakeholders to continue this important work moving forward.

We are also very excited to share an opinion piece published by David Southgate, CCLR Senior Advisor, in News Is My Business. David’s piece focuses on the potential of brownfields sites to revitalize urban centers and provide much-needed housing in the wake of last year’s hurricanes. Notes David,

A resilient and sustainable approach to rebuilding Puerto Rico should consider “brownfields,” those vacant properties where possible environmental contamination or the presence of hazardous materials have hindered sales and redevelopment…
There may be critics who say that cleaning up environmental contamination cannot be done, or that it adds too much time and cost to a project. For those naysayers, consider the following: Environmental remediation of sites has positive spillovers for entire communities, catalyzing revitalized communities and improving the tax base for the Commonwealth and municipalities.

Sure, it takes time to clean up sites, but the time and cost of building out new infrastructure to serve sprawling suburbs without existing utilities also adds significantly to the time and cost of development projects.

David’s opinion piece is available in English at http://newsismybusiness.com/housing-recovery-brownfields/. The piece is being translated into Spanish and will be circulated in CCLR’s next Puerto Rico newsletter.

For questions, please contact Erica Rippe at [email protected].

Please click speaker’s names to view presentations.

David Southgate, DISUR, Center for Creative Land Recycling

CASOS DE ÉXITO / CASE STUDIES OF SUCCESSES
Honorable Edwin Garcia Feliciano, Municipio de Camuy
Matt Wexler, National Development Council
Lcda. Yolanda Díaz, LLM, Departament de Desarrollo Económico y Comercio

PANEL DE DIÁLOGO: ¿QUÉ QUEDA PARA LIMPIAR DESPUÉS DE LOS HURACANES?
PANEL DISCUSSION: HURRICANE CLEANUP & BROWNFIELDS; WHAT’S LEFT TO BE DONE?
Brendan MacDonald, CDM Smith
José Luis Valenzuelo, Junta de Planificación de Puerto Rico
Shannon McLachlan, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Region 2

PANEL DE DIÁLOGO: ¡MÁS SITIOS ABANDONADOS! ¿CÓMO DESARROLLARLOS?
PANEL DISCUSSION: MORE ABANDONED SITES! HOW TO REDEVELOP THEM?
Honorable Wilda Díaz, Alcaldesa de Perth Amboy, Nueva Jersey
Luis Gallardo Rivera, winner, Crystal Eagle Award of the Owners Counsel of America
Marina Moscoso Arabía, CasaTaft 169

PANEL DE DIÁLOGO: PLANIFICACIÓN URBANA COMO ESTRATEGIA DE PRESERVACIÓN DE ÁREAS AGRÍCOLAS
PANEL DISCUSSION: URBAN PLANNING AS A STRATEGY FOR PRESERVING GREEN SPACE AND AGRICULTURAL LAND
Lcda. Yolanda Díaz, LLM, Departament de Desarrollo Económico y Comercio
Maria Rivera, M. Arch., AIT-CAAPPR, Pieri Architects

CONSTRUIR MEJOR: CONSIDERACIONES PARA CONSTRUCCIÓN RESILIENTE
BUILD BETTER: THE LATEST IN RESILIENT CONSTRUCTION
Emilio Colón Zavala, Asociación de Constructores de Puerto Rico

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