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This article by Kathleen McGinn Spring was prepared for the October 9, 2002 edition of U.S. 1 Newspaper. All rights reserved.

Brownfields Showcase

The word "marketplace" conjures images of bright

colors, activity, and appealing sights, sounds, and smells. There

isn’t a whole lot of any of this going on in the properties the New

Jersey League of Municipalities is getting set to showcase — but

there is an opportunity for profit.

On Thursday, October 10, at 8 a.m. the League of Municipalities holds

its second annual "Brownfields Marketplace: A Conference and

Showcase

for New Jersey Properties" at the Sheraton Woodbridge Plaza. Cost:

$65. Call 609-695-3481.

"It’s an event to get the public and private sectors together

to get these sites cleaned up," says David Harkness, manager

of seminars and programs. Towns are encouraged to attend with lists

of brownfields sites within their borders. "We had 30 or 40 towns

last year," says Harkness, "and 250 to 300 attendees."

In addition to networking to bring developers, bankers, and

municipalities

together, the event, with a trade show running until 4 p.m., features

a number of seminars, many in the form of case studies. Among the

case studies is a "Residential Lessons Learned," a look at

a project that turned a former factory site into single family houses

in Hanover Township. Other case studies look at mixed use development

on Newark’s waterfront and senior housing in Union Township.

During two property showcase sessions, one at 10 a.m. and one at 12:15

p.m., municipalities highlight their development visions.

Panelists include Evan Van Hook, assistant commissioner, NJDEP

Site Remediation Program; Caren Franzini, executive director,

NJ Economic Development Authority; Larry D’Andrea, brownfields

coordinator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; and JoAnn

Petrizzo,

brownfields program director, the Whitman Companies.


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