Vancouver, BC – October 5, 2011 - Hemmera congratulates the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources’ Brownfield Renewal Strategy Group on the launch of the Former Service Station Toolkit. The new toolkit is a website with resources for local governments, private citizens, real estate professionals, and others interested in seeing former gas station properties revitalized.
Tools available on the new website include a roadmap to legislation and funding programs, directories of company contacts, and case study examples of interim uses for former service station sites. The site will create social, environmental and economic awareness, and support community based action on brownfield properties.
When left undeveloped and idle for long periods of time, former service stations can scar a neighborhood; however, once put back into productive use, these sites can fuel economic development, increase tax revenues and provide social benefits to a community. Following the official announcement at last week’s Union of BC Municipalities conference, a press release was issued by the Province of BC. Steve Thomson, BC’s Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, says, “We need to look at brownfields, such as former gas stations, as opportunities. The Province wants to help local governments tap into brownfields’ potential to revitalize neighbourhoods and contribute to local economies.”
Hemmera is proud to have played a role in this endeavour; we were engaged by the Province of BC and partnered with the BC Environment Industry Association to create the toolkit. The result of this partnership is a website that will guide, inform, and support stakeholders with their former service station redevelopment projects. ”Much of the brownfield focus to date has been on large former industrial properties,” says Kate Branch, Project Director and one of Hemmera’s brownfields experts. “In many cases, however, it’s the small, centrally-located, idle properties that truly impact communities. By fully engaging owners, stakeholders, local leaders, government agencies and others in the toolkit development process, we believe we have compiled a useful suite of resources that will help stakeholders take a pro-active role in redeveloping of old gas station sites. Encouraging and realizing new uses for these old properties – whether it be for full redevelopment or an interim use – will provide economic, social and environmental benefits for entire communities.”
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Eric K. Pringle, Vice President – Operations
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About the BC Brownfield Renewal Strategy
The purpose of the Strategy is to help reduce risk and uncertainty in brownfield redevelopment and create a more streamlined approvals environment for brownfield projects. Since 2007, the Brownfield Renewal Funding Program has supported 21 local governments and regional districts to begin brownfield redevelopment projects. For more information visit: www.brownfieldrenewal.gov.bc.ca or call the B.C. Brownfield Renewal Information Line at: 1 877 787-9730.