July 2005

NADC endorses brownfield paper

Doylestown, PA— The National Demolition Association is endorsing the latest position paper of the National Brownfield Association that encourages the redevelopment of the country’s corporate brownfield properties.

In the paper entitled “Bringing Corporate Brownfield Properties to Market,” the Brownfield Association lays out the current state of the nation’s commercial properties that may be devalued due to environmental impacts.

Current estimates are that up to 50% of the $1-2 trillion worth of commercial properties may be in this category.

The redevelopment of those properties that are environmentally impaired – called brownfields – requires specific expertise.

“This is where the National Demolition Association comes in,” said Michael R. Taylor, CAE, executive director of the association. “Most of today’s demolition contractors possess the skill set needed to clean up brownfield sites. As a result, property owners, developers, planners, architects, environmental/engineering contractors, and government agencies are turning to the demolition industry to handle this important work.”

“Demolition contractors and those involved in the demolition process have expanded their services to include disciplines like soil remediation, hazardous waste management, asbestos and lead abatement, building decontamination, PCB removal, mold remediation, industry cleaning, and underground tank removal. Government and private entities looking to redevelop brownfields now recognize the demolition industry as knowledgeable, safe, and viable route to revitalizing sites,” Taylor said.

The Brownfield Association’s policy document identifies ideas and incentives to increase the market supply of corporate brownfield properties, thereby creating significant economic development opportunities, especially in America’s core cities. To view the paper, visit www.brownfieldassociation.org.


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