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
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.