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CHICKEN HILL , 1945
AN ASHEVILLE BROWNFIELD SITE,2006  

Chicken Hill was a mill village near downtown Asheville, North Carolina, that dates back to the 1880's. Billie Clemmons, who grew up there  recalls, "...We were one big happy family. Poor but it didn't bother us".  For the past half century, however,  since the Historic Asheville, North Carolina  Cotton Mill  closed its doors on "Chicken Hill"  this area was  pretty much  left to its own devices, underutilized due to contamination. It was a Brownfield site.

Recently, the  Regional Brownfields Initiative (RBI) in partnership among Western North Carolina's economic developers, local officials, bankers, environmental planners, REALTORS®, the Land-of Sky Regional Council and other stakeholders began to address these contamination issues.  The RBI's objective is to  help "preserve ...natural resources, restore ... historic and cultural assets and attract businesses and industries ... resulting in increased tourism revenues, jobs, and tax revenues."   The RBI  assists site owners as they attempt to navigate  the environmental assessment process. Then sites can be redeveloped and put back into active use. This is  key to downtown and  neighborhood revitalization efforts in line with Asheville's "Smart Growth" plan.      

With a  $1,000,000 Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund Grant and a $400,000 Brownfields Assessment Grant from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), they began looking at  the possibility of redevelopment through preservation projects.  The Historic Cotton Mill  on "Chicken Hill" is one such site. In fact it is considered an  "anchor site for the rebirth of Asheville's French Broad Riverfront District. "  The winning developer, Urvana, LLC., was willing to build affordable and market-rate housing aimed at young families.
Here is a photo of the first house completed --"Oliver's House"

" If children could buy homes, Oliver's house would have sold two dozen times already. Let the child in you dream your home!"

Is brown is the new green?  Looking at the figures, this could well be the next  trend in the real-estate market. Years ago, only a handful of very brave developers would touch brownfields. But high land prices, fierce competition for real estate and federal-government incentives, have convinced investors and developers to seek out abandoned warehouses and shuttered factories like the Historic Cotton Mill here in Asheville. Too, Asheville is particularly , eager to protect open space and slow sprawl, so brownfield cleanup and development has pluses. And remediation and cleanup has  evolved to the point where the pluses really add  up.

In 2006, there were 87 
 Completed Projects  and 107    Active Projects underway  in N.C. alone

 

 

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more on brownfields in part 2
Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 11 years ago
this is very cool information-and so wonderful to see revitalization in a place that NEEDS it! =)
Posted by Leigh Brown, CEO, Dream Maker - Charlotte, NC (Leigh Brown & Associates, RE/MAX Executive) over 11 years ago
It's nice to see character in the revitalizations, not cubic boxes.
Posted by Sharon Simms, St. Petersburg FL - CRS CIPS CLHMS RSPS (Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International) over 11 years ago
Leigh..I drove past this site today..It looks still a little "murky" to me...I am going to do some deeper research and will posting a continuing exploration. I can think of a few other places that could use a little revitalization..especially during the holidays..HoHo
Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 11 years ago
Sharon..Good point re "character"!! THX!
Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 11 years ago
Dena...Thanks for your call today telling me that you liked this report. I really appreciate it. I will be doing a series on this, and am interested in hearing what is happening in your area, too!
Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 11 years ago
 

I think this cleanup effort is very important for Asheville in general and the Riverfront District in particular. To see so many contaminated industrial sites on the riverfront is very sad.

Posted by Bill Westel, ECO (Eco-Steward Realty) over 11 years ago
Bill...I totally agree. I will do another piece on brownfields where I'll look at another project under way here in the Asheville area. Look for that after the first of the year.
Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 11 years ago
I have been reading your blog. It is giving me a very interesting perspective. Please contact me about the pros and cns of brownfield development.
Posted by John Thomas over 11 years ago
Check my upcoming blogs on this subject. There is one I will be puttingup today that shows photos and talks about the EPA Pilot Plan here in the Asheville Area.
Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 11 years ago

Everyone~

You may want to check out a brownfield under investigation in your city.

Go here to find superfund sites in your area.

Here's a story about one near us. Local papers says..."It's time for the Environmental Protection Agency and the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources to take aggressive action to do the tests and remediation to assure those who live near the site their health is not at risk."

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 10 years ago

Brownfields (broun'felds) n.
Real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.

Brownfields Cleanup and Redevelopment

As part of EPA's initiative to reuse and revitalize contaminated property, the Brownfields Program provides funds and technical assistance to states, communities, and other stakeholders in economic redevelopment to work together to prevent, assess, safely clean up, and sustainably reuse brownfields.

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 10 years ago

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