Conference participants can choose from among eight different workshops, including two pre-conference workshops being offered on Sunday, November 12. A small administrative fee is charged for mobile workshops to help cover the cost of transportation rental.
Conference participants can also sign up for two free walking tours which will be held over the lunch hour on Monday, November 13 and Tuesday, November 14. Descriptions of the mobile workshop and walking tour offerings appear below.
All mobile workshops and walking tours will leave from the northwest lobby of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start time of your event in order to board the motorcoach.
Click here to register for mobile workshops and walking tours. (You must be registered for the conference before you can register for the mobile workshops or walking tours.)
The Renaissance City: How Brownfields Redevelopment Is Transforming Providence ($20/person)
Sunday, November 12, 1:00 – 5:00 pm
Providence, Rhode Island, has changed dramatically in the past few years. The transformation of the city’s downtown, featured during the workshop, is truly an inspiring example of urban revitalization and renovation. City neighborhoods that were left blighted and distressed by the disappearance of manufacturing jobs are coming back. Key to the ongoing resurgence has been the cleanup and redevelopment of factories, textile mills, and other contaminated sites. The workshop will feature several brownfields sites in Providence including Save The Bay’s new, green headquarters and environmental education building, winner of the 2005 Phoenix Award for Region 1.
East Boston and Boston Harbor: Redevelopment on the Water’s Edge ($25/person)
Sunday, November 12, 1:00 – 4:30 pm
This mobile workshop presents a unique opportunity via a boat tour to learn more about waterfront brownfields redevelopment in the Boston area. Three sites in East Boston -- Piers Park, Maverick Gardens and Carlton Wharf – demonstrate a dynamic vision for reconnecting the neighborhood to its waterfront using a mix of housing, commerce, substantial open space for recreation, pedestrian access, and water transit services. Later, participants will learn about redevelopment work being done along Chelsea Creek, a tributary to Boston Harbor, focusing on the Chelsea Lofts at Forbes Industrial Park. The 300-plus housing units in this environmentally-friendly loft complex will feature passive solar heating, water taxi service to downtown Boston, and a fleet of smart cars for residents’ use. Weather-permitting, the boat tour will also include a visit to Spectacle Island, a former landfill and hazardous waste dump turned tourism attraction and outdoor recreation site. Participants should bring appropriate outdoor apparel in the event of inclement weather.
CONFERENCE MOBILE WORKSHOPS
“Immigrant City” Meets the Future: Lawrence in 2006 ($20/person)
Monday, November 13, 1:15 – 4:00 pm
Built in the 1800s as the nation's first planned industrial city and once the world leader in textile production, Lawrence experienced a record number of brownfields due to abandoned mills in later economic times. Lawrence’s dedication to cleaning up its brownfields has led to many significant successes, including the Lawrence Gateway project, a $23 million project that has combined efforts from public and private supporters. Other brownfields success stories include housing developments, parks, a new train station, and other beneficial community projects on former brownfields sites.
Bring Back the Neighborhood: In-fill Redevelopment on Industrial Sites in an Urban Fabric ($20/person)
Monday, November 13, 1:15-4:00 p.m.
Historic land use patterns, locating worker housing immediately adjacent to factories, left brownfields sites scattered throughout Somerville. As the most densely developed city in New England, these vacant or underutilized industrial sites posed a variety of issues for the surrounding area. Since the mid 1980s, Somerville’s brownfields program has rid the neighborhoods of these eyesores, turning them into end uses that complement the surrounding neighborhood, including mixed-use, commercial, educational, open space, and residential end uses. Innovative development tools such as a land swap, remediation overrun coverage, local loan program, and modular construction will be showcased on this tour.
Lowell - Mills to Millions ($20/person)
Tuesday, November 14, 1:00 – 3:45 pm
Lowell's waterways powered the birth of America’s industrial revolution. Unique collaborations with the private sector, University of Massachusetts Lowell, and the National Park System gave new life to the city’s waterways and generated millions in investments along the 5.6 mile canal system and Merrimack River waterfront. Lowell’s story includes a planned 15-acre transit-oriented, mixed-use downtown development site assembled by the city. Other brownfields success stories include the Paul Tsongas Arena and LeLacheur Park, home of the Boston Red Sox affiliated Lowell Spinners. Historic mills, once the center of the textile world, now house professional offices and unique residential lofts all located within the Lowell National Historical Park, the first ever urban National Park. Workshop participants will also have a chance to enjoy the Park’s historic trolley system.
Creating Healthy Mixed Neighborhoods along Boston’s Dudley Corridor ($20/person)
Tuesday, November 14, 1:00 – 3:45 pm
This workshop starts with 2004 Phoenix Award winner, the Bay Street “Spire” project of the Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation (DBEDC). Since 2002, Spire has added 140 good jobs in digital printing/marketing on this former brownfield. The DBEDC spent 10 years on acquisition, tax forgiveness, demolition, remediation, marketing, community meetings, and raised $15 million from 17 funders. Businesses in the surrounding area have multiplied. Dudley Street goes through Uphams Corner, passing five DBEDC commercial buildings, over 300 units of varied affordable housing, including a 25-unit co-op on an old ash dump, and a new transit-oriented development site along Fairmount Rail line. The workshop will feature other DBEDC commercial renovation projects in Dudley Square and end at Modern Electroplating, closed by the city in 1994. The expected 2006 cleanup and redevelopment of along this corridor will bring investments, protect development, and build jobs and the tax base.
Genzyme Center: Brownfield Development and Green Building Construction ($20/person)
Wednesday, November 15, 9:00 – 11:45 am
The Cambridge Kendall Square property was the site of a coal gasification plant from1870 to 1966. Coal tar storage, processing, and handling resulted in extensive soil and groundwater impacts. Lyme Properties developed a plan to coordinate innovative site remediation with site redevelopment to allow the construction of life sciences offices and laboratories, underground parking garages, housing, retail, and open space. The anchor of the development was the world headquarters of the Genzyme Corporation. Genzyme Center is one of the most environmentally-responsible office buildings ever built in the United States, having received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED™) Platinum Rating from the U.S. Green Building Council.
Two Approaches to Large Sites: Industri-Plex in Woburn and Jordan’s Furniture in Reading ($20/person)
Wednesday, November 15, 9:00 – 11:45 am
The 240-acre Industri-Plex Federal Superfund Site in Woburn, Massachusetts, has gone from being number five on the National Priority List to a National Phoenix Award Winner in 2000. The site had soil and groundwater contamination from more than 100 years of chemical manufacturing and processing, but is home today to a regional transportation center, major retail, office and hotel space, open space, and wetlands. In Reading, Massachusetts, the town took the liability of a 34-acre unlined landfill and turned it into a $90 million retail development, an important new tax-generating asset for the entire community. Two major retail stores—Jordan’s Furniture and Home Depot—supported the development as future tenants of Phase 1. The second phase of the project added a Staples Office Supplies store, a bank, several small retail stores, and a restaurant.
Behind the Scenes: The Story of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (Free)
Monday, November 13, 11:45 am – 1:15 pm
The host site for Brownfields 2006 is itself a former brownfields site with a 100-year history as an industrial and commercial hub, railroad distribution center, and junkyard. Set on a 68-acre site in South Boston, the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC) has been a catalyst for the waterfront and takes advantages of many smart growth principles, including innovative stormwater controls that use building basements to manage stormwater through the existing system and avoided large stormwater control construction. This easily-accessible tour will share some of the behind-the-scenes efforts that went into the development of the BCEC.
Artists for Humanity EpiCenter (Free)
Tuesday, November 14, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Founded in 1991, Artists for Humanity is a nonprofit educational group “to bridge economic, racial, and social divisions by providing at-risk youth with the keys to self-sufficiency through paid employment in arts.” The group has a new home in the Artists for Humanity EpiCenter, located at the edge of Boston’s Arts District along the south waterfront. The 22,500-square-foot building’s sustainable design features match in innovation the unique arts program it houses. The EpiCenter received a LEED™ Platinum Certification, the highest level awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council.