The City of Atlanta and key Planning Partners will conduct training, research, and technical assistance needed to facilitate community involvement in developing an Area-Wide Plan for the Brownfields-impacted project area. Specific tasks can be found below, or contact the following for public engagement, information sharing, & technical research and assistance:
Invest Atlanta, formerly known as The Atlanta Development Authority (ADA), will assist the City in outreach, and market analysis to support brownfields cleanup and reuse. Invest Atlanta will educate the community, developers, policymakers, businesses, financiers, and industry participants on the benefits of brownfield assessment and cleanup, and the appropriate financing tools (Tax increment financing, Private Activity Bonds, Urban Enterprise Zones and the State Brownfield Program). Invest Atlanta will provide for community workshops to address environmental justice issues related to brownfields in the community. Invest Atlanta will also coordinate market analysis to inform brownfields assessment and cleanup decisions. Invest Atlanta will evaluate/assess brownfield sites that would be most appropriate for encouraging and supporting brownfield assessment and cleanup in the Project Area that is consistent with the City’s approved economic development plans. In addition, identify assessment and cleanup opportunities in each study area and assign priorities based on market feasibility. Invest Atlanta will create a funding strategy that corresponds to the estimated clean-up resource requirements study, and identify additional sources for funding brownfields assessment, cleanup, and reuse. Invest Atlanta will provide technical assistance to the community, landowners and developers.
Invest Atlanta Contacts
Flor Verlarde, AICP
Dr. Eloisa Klementich
The Atlanta Beltline, INC.(“BeltLine”) will assist the City with community outreach efforts by Invest Atlanta and Georgia Tech, focusing on the brownfield sites only as identified for assessment and cleanup in the Atlanta BeltLine Tax Allocation District. The BeltLine will directly engage property owners and leaseholders in the BeltLine redevelopment areas to discuss assessment, clean-up, and re-use strategies. In addition, utilize the Atlanta BeltLine Community Engagement Framework including Quarterly Briefings, and Study Groups. The BeltLine will create a brownfield element to the http://www.beltline.org website that serves as an information and research clearinghouse for the study including research, financing tools for brownfield assessment and remediation, redevelopment plans, brownfield remediation and reuse, incentives and programs for cleaning up brownfields sites, and study documents and findings. Building on the policy and analytical work conducted by Georgia Tech and the market analysis conducted by Invest Atlanta, the BeltLine will prepare a series of site-specific case studies to evaluate policy and financing hurdles associated with key brownfields cleanup and re-use opportunities within the BeltLine TAD.
Atlanta Beltline Contacts
Lee Harrop, LEED AP, PE
Georgia Institute of Technology (“Georgia Tech”) School of City and Regional Planning will work with the planning partners and the community to engage local industrial and commercial businesses to prioritize critically important brownfield assessment and cleanup projects in the Project Area for industrial and commercial reuse. Georgia Tech will conduct research to analyze potential strategies to reduce brownfields in the Project Area’s commercial and industrial district and to recommend strategies to mitigate the impacts of these sites to support cleanup and reuse. Towards the end of the Project Period, Georgia Tech will manage a graduate-level city and regional planning studio that will advance the planning partners' brownfield cleanup and redevelopment goals, provide knowledge in measuring success, and engage students and the Project Area's community. Georgia Tech will help establish the performance measurements and tracking methods for the Area-wide Plan’s implementation. Both activities are intended to help the City and its planning partners finalize the Area-wide Plan's recommendations and ensure that all of the implementation strategies work together to achieve the brownfield environmental and community assessment and cleanup outcomes.
Georgia Institute of Technology Contacts
Nathanael Z. Hoelzel
Nancey Green Leigh, PhD, FAICP