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Examples of Successful Redevelopment from the Brownfield Site Assessment Program

Assessments that led to successful redevelopment of formerly contaminated sites under the Brownfield Site Assessment Program.

Lost Pines Art Center, Bastrop, Texas

Transforming an Eyesore to an Art Destination

The cars in front of the mechanic shop were almost as rusty as the abandoned grain silos themselves. Although this piece of property was located centrally in Bastrop, concerns over potential environmental liability had up to this point precluded redevelopment. But for the Lost Pines Art League of Bastrop, the property was perfect for a new art center with galleries, classroom space, and a creek path that meandered through a sculpture garden and past the existing silos. They secured a $100,000 grant from the Bastrop Economic Development Corporation and a matched grant of $100,000 from a Houston arts foundation and began on the ambitious project. It took a bold vision to imagine this land as a destination art center, but that vision is finally being realized.

Before the project could move forward, the art league needed to determine if there was contamination at the site. To address those environmental concerns, the site entered the TCEQ Brownfields Site Assessment Program in 2010. Approximately $88,000 was spent by the TCEQ and EPA to investigate the site. After response actions for the site achieved residential land use standards, a Conditional Certificate of Completion was issued on August 12, 2012.

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The Lost Pines Art League was then able to purchase the property and began fundraising for the new art center. They developed a master plan for the site and presented it at an event at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines, where the room, equipment, and refreshments were provided as in-kind contributions. From that, the Bastrop City Council approved a $100,000 investment. Once they had shown that the project was destined for success, the money started pouring in. They leveraged over $3.8 million in various grants and donations, including ArtPlace America’s Creative Placemaking 2014 Grant.

The main building was completed in December 2016 and since then over 13,000 non-members have visited the center. In 2017, it won the Best of Bastrop Art Galleries award as well as the Best New Construction Under 50k population and Best New Construction People’s Choice Awards from the Texas Downtown Association. This project exemplifies the amount of funding that can be leveraged from a small state investment in assessment and the impact that redeveloping a brownfield property can have on a community. Starting with that initial environmental assessment, what was once an eyesore has become an award-winning art destination for Bastrop.

For more information contact the TCEQ Brownfields Site Assessment Program at  brnflds@tceq.texas.gov or by phone at 1-833-436-3271.

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Crestview Station, Austin, Texas

Connecting Austin through transit-oriented development

Before
Crestview station before cleanup
Crestview Station was a 71 acre property in central Austin that functioned as a chemical research facility from 1949 until 2005. The property was in a prime location for a transit-oriented development, once contamination from the historical use was cleaned up.

After

Crestview station after cleanup

Crestview station after cleanup

Crestview station after cleanup

Crestview station after cleanup

The site has been redeveloped as a mixed-use property, with both single family homes and apartments, ball fields, and 150,000 square feet of office and retail space. The Crestview Station is a stop for Austin's MetroRail. More information about redevelopment at Crestview Station in Austin

Rosewood Court, Dallas, Texas

Uptown building boom at former Crescent Complex


Before
Rosewood Court before cleanup
Cedar Springs and Pearl Streets are located between downtown Dallas and high-end residences. Residences, industrial businesses, and an office complex occupied the site from the 1970s until 2003, when remediation of soils contaminated by petroleum-related chemicals began. Redevelopment of the Crescent Complex kicked off an uptown building boom.

After
Rosewood Court after cleanup
Construction of the Rosewood Court building was completed in 2008, creating new office space, upscale and pedestrian friendly retail amenities, as well as a parking garage for the Crescent Complex. More information about redevelopment at Rosewood Court in the Crescent Complex.

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