Healthfields: New Resources
for Redevelopment
2014 ULI Housing Opportunity Conference
Denver, CO
May 16, 2014
What is a healthfield?
What is a healthfield?
Tampa, FL
East Tampa
Community Redevelopment Area
Healthfields as
Redevelopment Strategy
Smart Growth America is the only national organization dedicated to researching,
advocating for and leading coalitions to ...
Housing Opportunity 2014 - Healthy Communities through Healthy Policy--A State and Local Perspective, James Alexander
Housing Opportunity 2014 - Healthy Communities through Healthy Policy--A State and Local Perspective, James Alexander
Housing Opportunity 2014 - Healthy Communities through Healthy Policy--A State and Local Perspective, James Alexander
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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

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    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.

    WHO LEADS?
    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
  • Housing Opportunity 2014 - Healthy Communities through Healthy Policy--A State and Local Perspective, James Alexander

    1. 1. Healthfields: New Resources for Redevelopment 2014 ULI Housing Opportunity Conference Denver, CO May 16, 2014
    2. 2. What is a healthfield?
    3. 3. What is a healthfield?
    4. 4. Tampa, FL
    5. 5. East Tampa Community Redevelopment Area
    6. 6. Healthfields as Redevelopment Strategy
    7. 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

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