POSTED ON NOVEMBER 24th, 2009
Menomonee Valley Industrial Center wins national brownfields award
One of the state's most recognizable brownfield projects has won a prestigious national award for outstanding brownfields redevelopment.
Milwaukee's Menomonee Valley Industrial Center and Community Park won the 2009 People's Choice Phoenix Award, announced last week at the 2009 Brownfields National Conference in New Orleans.
“The People’s Choice Phoenix Award is especially gratifying, because it is selected by professionals in the brownfield redevelopment industry,” said Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. “These individuals are well aware of the great logistical, financial and environmental challenges involved in brownfield redevelopment. This honor also recognizes the partnerships that were required to achieve success, including collaborations with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the Wisconsin Department of Commerce, the US Environmental Protection Agency, and the Menomonee Valley Partners.”
"Congratulations to the City of Milwaukee. DNR is pleased to be a partner in transforming this blighted area into a job-intensive development with restored natural features. Residents and visitors alike will benefit for generations to come," said DNR Secretary Matt Frank.
The Phoenix Awards are the nation's top honors recognizing excellence in brownfield redevelopment. The Menomonee Valley project had already received the EPA Region 5 2009 Phoenix Award and recently won the 2009 Brownfields Renewal Environmental Impact Award.
The Valley cleanup and redevelopment involved a number of local, state and federal partners, including the Wisconsin DNR, which provided technical oversight and state funding for the cleanup. The project grew out of a 1998 city-adopted plan that recommended the city acquire and redevelop the 133-acre vacant Milwaukee Road Shops facility, abandoned in 1985.
The master plan for the property incorporates a variety of sustainable features, including:
- sustainable design guidelines for industrial buildings constructed within the business park;
- development of stormwater management facilities that also provide recreational space;
- development of bicycle, walking and bus transportation alternatives for workers within the business park; and
- re-use of fill and demolition concrete from the Marquette Interchange reconstruction at the project site.
To date, six companies employing 700 people have constructed new facilities within the business park. Palermo Villa, the first firm to locate there in September 2005, recently announced plans to expand. The newest, Charter Wire, recently moved into a 160,000 square foot building. Taylor Dynamometer, Caleffi N.A., Derse Company and Badger Railing also are operating at the Industrial Center.