The 11th Oregon Brownfields Conference will be held May 16-17 in Sunriver bringing together state and local officials along with private sector leaders to discuss how to expand redevelopment opportunities across the state. The conference—presented by Business Oregon in partnership with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, the Northwest Environmental Business Council and the Center for Creative Land Recycling—celebrates connecting through 20 years of brownfields redevelopment.
A highlight of the first day will be the sixth Oregon Brownfields Awards program. The awards honor individuals and groups that have implemented innovative, yet practical, remediation projects that stimulated economic development through job creation or retention, or addressed a critical community development need. The Chris Poole Jones "Unsung Hero" award winner is Amy Saberiyan, Ph.D, PE and the four Outstanding Project winners are:
4th Main, Hillsboro—The 4th Main mixed-use complex capped a 16-year journey from land acquisition to redevelopment. Property located in the heart of historic downtown Hillsboro was remediated and new space was created for retail, market-rate apartments along with a remodel of the former bank building.
Coos History Museum, Coos Bay—The Coos County Historical Society acquired property along Highway 101 with plans for a new museum. Originally tidal wetlands it had been filled in some time prior to 1900 and, the society faced remediation issues among others. Through removal of contaminated materials during construction, and using design and institutional controls, the Museum's footprint and parking lot caps the entire upland portion of the property.
Astoria Athletic Complex, Astoria—The city of Astoria, the Astoria School District, Columbia Memorial Hospital, and Recology Western Oregon, came together to solve four independent, unrelated issues by entering into 4-party agreement to redevelop a 12-acre portion of an old city landfill site to create a publicly-accessible outdoor sports complex.
Josephine County Food Bank, Grants Pass—Collaboration between the city of Grants Pass, Josephine County Food Bank, and community investment resulted in the new Josephine County Food Bank at Raptor Creek Farm. After remediating for known soil and groundwater contamination, the food bank now grows about 50,000 pounds of fresh produce each year in its 2.4-acre garden and distributes it to approximately 12,000 community members each month.
For more information and registration, go to: http://www.oregon4biz.com/