The once ridden site ill provide jobs, build the city’s tax base, and help sustain the ongoing renovation of Houston Fifth Ward. This case study explores the key factors that have led to a successful cleanup and planned renovation of the MDI Superfine site. This resolution at the MDI site proves how federal and state responsibilities can ensure the protection of human health and the environment with an end result reassuring a community’s quality of life. In the following pages, the remediation efforts will be discussed for the MDI site between its NAP listing in 1999 to the completed instruction of the site’s solution In 2008.
Two metal casting foundries and a chemical recycling faculty inhabited the superfine Site from 1 926 to the early sass. Operation infrastructure, warehouses, and laboratories could be found within this industrial area. Waste material from operations was left to contaminate the soil and ground water with lead and other metals. In 1999, EPA listed the superfine site as a top priority. Remaining buildings were demolished and salvaged In 1996. Abandoned catalyst drums and contaminated soils were removed in 1998-99.
EPA administered a elution to the MDI Site in 2004 to include: a) the excavation, treatment, and off-site disposal of contaminated site soils; b) the off-site disposal of site debris, asbestos materials. And an underground storage tank; c) source removal and monitored natural attenuation for the site’s ground water; and d) institutional controls (ground water restrictions) to prevent exposure to site contaminants. During this renovation process, regular town hall meetings were held by the EPA with the local community to give updates and address pertinent feedback.
The site had been deemed usable for existential developments. Now that a solution had been found, cite owner Clinton- Gregg Investments began discussions with several residential and commercial developers to plan for the site’s future. The project (7th at 5th) will have long-term (7th generation) sustainable Impacts, CGI considers this a long-term Investment and plans Include around 700 homes along with a lake and park areas. Site reuses will include approximately 600-700 homes in a grid pattern, as well as a lake and linked 1 OFF various incomes.
The reuse plan in 2002 developed by the community and the City of Houston focused on mixed residential and commercial land uses that helped EPA realize a residential cleanup standard would be essential. High-density residential land use will be the projects focus to generate profits to account for the high cleanup costs. Lieu has met multiple times with the community to share his company’s redevelopment plans for the site. Preliminary urban designs have been made that outline opportunities for multiple neighborhoods at the site, with connections to surrounding areas.
A commercial center is also proposed for the community. The investor’s (Clinton-Gregg Investments) experiences with the EPA on the MDI Superfine Site has made them partial to the idea of working on future Superfine Sites to turn them into areas the whole city can enjoy. There are many lessons that have been learned throughout the MDI Superfine Site renovation. First, there was a combination of factors that contributed to site- specific lessons. The site was large and in close proximity to a large city with a strong real estate market, which allowed for proper investing.
The site was in bankruptcy with a superfine cleanup planned, making it ideal for a private investor. The EPA had the MDI Site on it’s priority list and had well documented information and cleanup plans, which made it easier for a potential investor to plan for renovation and redevelopment. EPA created action items that would be critical to the site’s renovation plans. Furthermore, there are some broader lessons to be learned that could help various sites across the country in the future. Local government and community stakeholders can still play a key role in renovation, even if the site does not benefit from nearby market benefits.
This can be done by taking small steps at a mime, starting with the higher value portions to the investment at hand. Also, frequent town hall meetings geared toward redevelopment planning. This is truly effective when one can obtain significant information that is important to the locals that will be pertinent to potential investors. This puts the local government in a unique position to host the site project for the greater good of the city. Since, parties at the MDI site were charting new territory in addressing liability issues, prospective purchasers for future sites can contact EPA teams that experienced this first-hand.
Being able to build on past experiences is beneficial to future redevelopment planning. Next, state-level issues at the MDI site were addressed through the TECH. It may be possible to address past costs and potential site liabilities of contaminated bankrupt sites in various states as part of the bankruptcy original language. This would greatly help to make the process smoother and easier. For sites that are owned by a bankruptcy trustee, this creates an opportunity for an outside party to take the lead on site cleanup without liability (like MDI).
Another lesson to be learned from the MDI Superfine site is that a collection of expertise can be brought together to meet the needs of all parties and create a first-of-its-kind agreement, if need be. Since Superfine sites are some of the most documented and evaluated areas of land in the nation, many opportunities are presented to a probable buyer that will help generate a broader picture in a shorter amount of time. The MDI site presented the EPA with a situation that allowed for a solution to dictate its’ future. Cleanup plans led to a future residential plan.
This helped with the relocation of ground water sites by allowing them to reduce redevelopment costs by being more efficient with erection of new infrastructure while cleaning is underway. In conclusion, the MDI Superfine site remains an important example of how renovation goals can fund cleanup plans. This in turn saves taxpayer figures. Houston Fifth Ward will soon reap the rewards from a group of stakeholders with similar interests coming together as one to make the old dump site flourish with the amenities of a brand new neighborhood.
The sites future was established by addressing the local contamination, which protected health and the environment. However, the once prioritize Superfine project highlights the difficulty in bridging the gap between community priorities and private development plans. Though, the collaboration of all parties from the local community to the local government to the site owner all contribute to the eventual health of the society, economy, and environment not only of the Fifth Ward of Houston, but of the whole nation. Thus, a strong push for governmental and societal innovation must be bestowed upon the future of America.