Housing Opportunity 2014 - Responsible Reuse: Promoting Sustainable Placemaking and Revitalization, Elizabeth Schilling
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  • Introduction – SGA (LOCUS, LLC, Brownfields Coaltion).
    Advocacy, policy development and technical assistance to make it easier to build places that are smart, sustainable, equitable, livable, healthy and resilient.
    Equity is central
  • Vacant, abandoned, brownfield sites redeveloped with new uses that serve the health needs of the neighborhood’s residents

    Abandoned gas station becomes a community clinic
  • Abandoned laundry along a stream in Lawrence, MA becomes a park and community garden
  • Old landfill becomes a drainage pond that incorporates play equipment, lighting, and a walking path
  • WHY? Healthfields
    Health Disparities – Zip codes with higher poverty rates often have both lack of health facilities and wealth of vacant brownfield sites.
    Turning brownfields into an asset for redevelopment – can thepublic money we invest in brownfield clean-up and marketing serve us better if it increases access to care, healthy food, safe recreation, community support networks?
    Bringing health resources – clinics, state and federal funding for healthy infrastructure – to the table
    Mobilizing community residents to make things happen
  • East Tampa
    Community Redevelopment Area
    Brownfield Assessment grant
  • Ed Johnson, CRA Manager
    Sophisticated economic development professional focused on creating a better environment for the private sector

    1. Belmont Heights Estates: HOPE VI completed 2006 (1997 grant)
    2. Encore District – 28 acre Central Park neighborhood. Choice Neighborhood grant
  • Grocery stores – new or renovated
    Public safety – police district station
    Health clinic – Tampa Family Health
    Parks – Robert Cole Lake
    Complete streets – bikeways and traffic calming in core of 22nd Ave
    Grocery store and attached retail – DESIRED, but not an easy deal to make.

    Non-profit clinics seeking out brownfields to redevelop
    State regulators with a backlog of sites to unload
    City, county and regional economic development officials
    Resident-led organizations – Community Redevelopment Authority in E. Tampa, Groundworks Trusts


  • 1. Healthfields: New Resources for Redevelopment 2014 ULI Housing Opportunity Conference Denver, CO May 16, 2014
  • 2. What is a healthfield?
  • 3. What is a healthfield?
  • 4. Tampa, FL
  • 5. East Tampa Community Redevelopment Area
  • 6. Healthfields as Redevelopment Strategy
  • 7. Smart Growth America is the only national organization dedicated to researching, advocating for and leading coalitions to bring smart growth practices to more communities nationwide. www.smartgrowthamerica.org 1707 L St. NW Suite 1050, Washington, DC 20036 | 202-207-3355