Reclaiming Recalcitrant Brownfields

The Central Corridor light rail line will kindle new interest in redevelopment of vacant commercial and industrial properties along the corridor. Learn more about the specific challenges presented by brownfield sites and what can be done to revitalize them.

Sponsored by: Minnesota Brownfields

Reclaiming Recalcitrant Brownfields Forum
Tuesday, November 23

7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Networking
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Program
Dorsey-Ewald Conference Center
1000 Westgate Dr # 252, Saint Paul, MN 55114-8679

While many brownfield sites are successfully redeveloped each year, other brownfields languish for years or even decades due to location, type of contamination, irregular parcel size, or other reasons. Why does this occur? What are the long-term economic and community impacts? What are the tools and strategies that can be applied to successfully transform even the most recalcitrant brownfield sites?

The program will examine the scope and scale of stubborn brownfield sites across the country, the implications for the affected communities, the variety of tools used in other communities and states to move these sites, and in particular, the myriad means that the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Milwaukee has used to facilitate the redevelopment of difficult brownfields in two project areas.

JOIN US as we consider a variety of distinct tools currently used to revitalize recalcitrant brownfields in the Twin Cities: the Central Corridor light rail line and other major infrastructure projects, targeted commercial corridor revitalization on West Broadway Avenue, and the role of the Twin Cities Community Land Bank.


  • Kris Wernstedt, Virginia Tech University
  • David Misky, City of Milwaukee Redevelopment Authority
  • Stuart Ackerberg, Catalyst Community Partners
  • Patrick Connoy, Hennepin County
  • Rebecca Rom, Twin Cities Community Land Bank

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