|From:||Lenny Siegel <email@example.com>|
|Date:||2 Jun 2006 06:15:04 -0000|
|Subject:||[CPEO-BIF] Brownfields to Art Parks - Seattle and Los Angeles|
Brownfields to Art Parks|
Trust for Public Land January 1, 2006
When is a brownfield not a brownfield? When it's transformed by artworks, as in two U.S. cities. One art installation is opening next year and will be permanent; the other was temporary while officials worked out final plans for a park on the site. Both examples show that wonderful things can happen when a formerly contaminated industrial site is cleaned up and rededicated to public use.
Sculpture in Seattle
For decades, squat oil tanks dominated a six-acre site wedged between downtown Seattle and Elliott Bay. But by 1998, Union Oil of California had largely finished a decade-long cleanup of the land-three separate parcels divided by a four-lane highway and a railway corridor-and was ready to sell.
With the city's real estate market red hot at the height of the dot-com boom, there was no lack of potential buyers. (One developer had completed preliminary designs for a hotel, 800 housing units, and 250,000 square feet of office space.) But others believed that the land's best use was as a much-needed park linking downtown to the waterfront. At the same time, the Seattle Art Museum was looking for an outdoor space downtown in which to display sculpture.
For the entire article, see http://www.tpl.org/tier3_cd.cfm?content_item_id=20651&folder_id=705
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