Multi-faceted Brownfields Redevelopment
You'll learn about:
The different ways brownfields redevelopment can have positive community and environmental impacts. These include the nature of the clean-up, resilience, relationship to transit, and long-term economic and health benefits
How redevelopment projects use different funding streams to become feasible
How redevelopments of various types and sizes can be made more environmentally-responsible, transit-oriented, and community-engaging
Techniques to improve community involvement and the results of projects that maximize environmental and economic benefits
How land use and technical consultants, private developers, nonprofits, and local governments perceive brownfield redevelopment opportunities
This diverse panel will address the complexities of environmentally responsible development and brownfield changes since the last APA conference in New York (2000.)
Barry Hersh, AICP, will moderate and briefly discuss projects in New York and Connecticut, from planning and real estate perspectives.
Kevin Dwarka, Esq., PhD, AICP, will discuss the remediation of distressed parcels in Albany and smaller Hudson River communities, featuring transit oriented development and land use tools to bring desired new activity.
Michael Taylor, AICP, President Vita Nuova LLC, will describe innovative efforts in Toledo, Ohio, supported by EPA, focused on economic development in a stressed community including the reuse of a former Jeep manufacturing facility, by the Toledo Lucas County Port Authority resulting in job creation and remediation through community engagement.
Jean Hamerman, Deputy Director of the Center for Creative Land Recycling, a California based nonprofit providing technical assistance on brownfield redevelopment around the country. Her discussion will focus on federal funds, and community engagement in varied communities, including California examples.
As much a conversation as presentation, the audience will engage in discussion of land use practices to repurpose vacant and contaminated properties; panelists will discuss integrating planning and visioning to deliver sustainable, vibrant, and healthy communities.
, AICP CEP
, New York University
, New York
Confirmed SpeakerBarry F. Hersh, AICP CEP Barry F. Hersh, is a Clinical Associate Professor at the New York University Schack Institute of Real Estate and Chair of the Masters in Real Estate Development Program. He teaches courses in Sustainable Real Estate Development, Land Use and Environmental Regulation, and the Development Capstone. In addition to his work with faculty and curriculum, his 2015 student mentorship included teams that won the HUD Innovation and were finalists in the MIT CASE competitions. Mr. Hersh also conducts research on environmentally responsible urban real estate redevelopment, is a core faculty member of the NYU Center for the Sustainable Built Environment, and participates in international joint university and executive programs, most recently with the University of Amsterdam, JLL, Netanya Academy and Bocconi University. Mr. Hersh was named a 2014-17 Distinguished Fellow by the NAIOP Foundation, which also supported his national study of Waterfront Brownfield Redevelopment presented at their National Urban Forum. In 2014, Mr. Hersh chaired an Urban Land Institute Technical Assistance Panel that produced a report “The People’s River” about redevelopment on the Harlem River in the Bronx noted by Crain’s and other publications. Mr. Hersh has conducted international studies on “Brownfields on Three Continents” published by the American and Asian Real Estate Societies and Brownfield Renewal and presented in Shanghai. His New York City Brownfields study, recognized in 2006 for Outstanding Scholarly Achievement, was utilized in PlaNYC 2020. He has spoken at numerous APA and other professional events, including on Brownfields at the last APA convention in New York Mr. Hersh has been involved with the New York Brownfield Programs since their inception, including Brownfield Opportunity Area planning efforts; in Jamaica, Eastchester, Newtown Creek and the Staten Island Green Zone. In 2014 and 2015 he led graduate student studies of the NY State Brownfields Tax Credit program supported by the NYC Brownfield Partnership. He has been involved with post-Sandy recovery efforts in New York and New Jersey as well as redevelopment projects in Ohio and northern California. Mr. Hersh also conceived and teaches, as a partner in Vita Nuova LLC, the “What Regulators Need to Know About Redevelopment” course that has been well-received by 2200 staff members of the United States EPA and state regulators Mr. Hersh was Vice President of Dames & Moore/Brookhill which developed more than fifty brownfield projects. He was Real Estate Director for Reynolds Aluminum and held senior planning positions in Toledo, OH and Poughkeepsie, NY. He holds a Masters Degree in Urban Planning from New York University's Wagner School, was honored for his NYU service in 2012, and has a Bachelor’s in Urban Studies from CUNY. He is a Certified Environmental Planner and member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. He is also a board member of New Partners for Community Revitalization, the Redevelopment Institute, and since 2014 has been a member of the City of Stamford Historic Preservation Commission.
, Kevin Dwarka Land Use & Economic Consulting
, New York
Confirmed SpeakerDr. Kevin Dwarka is a land use and economic consultant specializing in urban revitalization. Kevin is the founding principal of Kevin Dwarka Land Use and Economic Consulting and an Adjunct Professor at New York University. Broadly trained in both land use law and urban economics, Kevin helps localities throughout the metropolitan New York Area unlock the economic value of their train stations, enhance the fiscal performance of their main streets, build vibrant mixed use neighborhoods, and implement affordable housing policies. Kevin’s practice offers clients an unusually comprehensive scope of revitalization services ranging from initial market assessments to comprehensive redevelopment plans to the legal adoption of zoning code amendments and land use approvals. Prior to launching his own consultancy in 2007, he held senior positions at the MTA, Nelson Nygaard Consulting Associates, and the Israel Union for Environmental Defense. Kevin currently teaches real estate development and land use law at NYU’s Schack Institute of Real Estate. He has also taught urban economic development at the City University of New York and Israeli Politics at Yeshiva University. His dissertation at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, examined the use of global capital and public private partnerships for financing light rail projects in Israel, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Kevin is admitted to practice before the New York State Bar and serves on the New York City Bar Association’s Housing and Urban Development Committee. He also serves on the board of the New York chapter of the Congress for New Urbanism. He received his BA from Columbia University, JD from Pace Law School, MCP from UC Berkeley, and PhD from Hebrew University.