State & Local Government
Local communities in the process of acquisition or divestiture of
environmentally impaired properties or brownfield sites face unique
challenges. Whether these properties are acquired from federal or state
entities or from defunct corporations, local decision makers are often
presented with real estate burdened by significant environmental liabilities.
Analyzing, taking possession of, and disposing of such properties requires
a high level of expertise. WESTON has the expertise to provide total
solutions to issues arising from brownfield development.
Building Demolition and Soil Remediation
in Support of Brownfield Redevelopment, Austin Energy Pole Yard,
City of Austin Public Works and Transportation Department, Austin,
TX – WESTON
performed the remediation planning and oversight activities necessary
to remediate historical environmental issues for a property owned
by the City of Austin.
The objective of this project was to prepare
an industrial property for future residential redevelopment by
demolishing on-site structures and remediating contaminated soil to
meet the requirements of Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission
(TNRCC) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations.
The property was historically the site of a vehicle maintenance
center and equipment storage facility owned and operated by Austin
Energy. In 1998, the property was acquired by the City of Austin for
lease to a property development company for residential redevelopment.
The developer requested that the City address historical environmental
issues and remediate the affected soils prior to any new construction.
Austin Energy, needing to expedite this work to meet the developer’s
schedule, retained WESTON for the work.
WESTON’s initial task was to develop
a project approach that would achieve the objectives of the project
in a very short schedule. WESTON evaluated existing data, provided
the City with recommendations and a cost estimate for the work, and
proposed a multidisciplinary team of environmental professions necessary
to complete the work on an accelerated schedule. The client selected
WESTON for this project over a local competitor because of our high
level of expertise in performing PCB remediation and Voluntary Cleanup
Program remediation projects in Texas.
Bridgeport Brownfields Pilot Project,
City of Bridgeport Connecticut, Bridgeport, CT– WESTON used GIS
to gather and manage information for a brownfields pilot project
for the City of Bridgeport. The two main objectives of the pilot
project were to create a database/prioritization model to collect
basic information and rank potential brownfield sites within the
City of Bridgeport based upon redevelopment potential, and to perform
highest and best use studies and an approximate remediation cost
survey on two to six of the highest ranked properties within the
A series of field studies to identify underused,
vacant, or abandoned properties was performed. Sites that were undergoing
remediation or that had already been targeted for redevelopment were
not included for consideration. At the end of this phase, approximately
205 properties were identified. Assessor’s maps and other city
planning data were examined to verify site eligibility. These properties
were then arranged geographically to yield 30 redevelopment sites
consisting of one or several targeted properties
Kalakaua Brownfields Voluntary
Response Program, Honolulu, Island of Oahu, Hawaii, Aloha/King,
LLC., CA – WESTON
was retained to develop a Voluntary Response Program
(VRP) with Hawaii Department of Health on behalf of the property
owner (Aloha/King, LLC.), and to execute the program by conducting
field investigations, performing human health and ecological
risk assessments, and obtaining a letter of closure.
two adjacent properties in the commercial district of Honolulu,
Hawaii that were environmentally impaired by petroleum contamination.
WESTON initially contacted the property owners to become their
consultant; however, a potential buyer, Aloha/King, LLC, decided to
purchase the site “as is” by
using our service.
WESTON’s initial task was to do research
on the property to determine if the site was suitable for a VRP.
Our services included taking over the environmental liability
of the property, setting up the VRP program, purchasing Pollution Legal
Liability Insurance (10 years), conducting each of 10 steps of
the VRP agreement, obtaining a letter of closure from HDOH, and continue
long-term monitoring, if necessary.
Brownfield Redevelopment, North Halsted Site, City of Chicago
Department of Environment, Chicago, Ill. – WESTON
conducted a Phase II investigation of a site to evaluate potential
environmental concerns posed by either the surface debris pile
or subsurface conditions. In addition, potential off-site contributors
were evaluated to determine if they had adversely affected the
property via groundwater migration.
This brownfield site was chosen by the City of
Chicago, Department of Environment (CDOE) for potential redevelopment
as either a residential or commercial/industrial property. The
site formerly housed multiple commercial properties, including
a gasoline station. A pile of debris approximately 15 to 20 feet
high was also present at the site. Previous environmental sampling
conducted at the site indicated that subsurface soil contamination
was present in the area of the former gasoline station, but not in
the surface debris pile.
Brownfield Redevelopment, Former Burnside
Steel Foundry, City of Chicago Department of Environment, Chicago,
Ill. – WESTON conducted
a detailed Phase I environmental assessment to identify potential
liabilities associated with foundry operations at a 7-acre facility,
such as automotive debris that had been dumped on the property
after the facility ceased operations in 1979. In addition to
this site, an inspection of neighboring industrial properties
was performed. Historical
aerial photographs and Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps were used
to determine past conditions and to obtain an understanding of
the former operations. This information was used to assist WESTON
with the on-site inspection of the areas having potential environmental
concerns. WESTON prepared and submitted a report summarizing
the results of the Phase I assessment to the Department of Environment,
and was retained to inspect the suspect areas outlined in the
Phase I assessment report.
On behalf of the City, WESTON enrolled the property in the Illinois
Voluntary Site Remediation Program, and prepared sampling and analysis,
quality assurance, and health and safety plans. WESTON then implemented
a Phase II assessment evaluating suspect areas, and conducted a human
health-based risk assessment using the Tiered Approach to Cleanup Objectives
(TACO). In turn, the risk assessment was used to develop a risk management
plan for the site. This plan has been approved by the IEPA, and WESTON
has completed the remediation. Upon receipt of the No Further Action
letter, the site will be marketed for redevelopment.
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