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Imagining a New Future for Expo Idaho

This post was originally written by Sarah Sieloff, former MFA Senior Planner. Redeveloping Expo Idaho Fairs offer excitement and fun for kids from 1 to 92. Fairgrounds, however, require large amounts of land, and it can be challenging to…

Seth Otto, AICP, LEED AP Planning & Community Development, Real Estate
Navigating Legacy Pesticides with a New Model Remedy

The Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) recently published a new model remedy that provides guidance for cleanup of historical orchards in central and eastern Washington. While the new requirements may seem daunting, once you are…

Carly Schaefer Local and State Agencies, Planning & Community Development, Real Estate
Using GIS to Identify Affordable Housing near Transit Stations

Happiness is an easy commute, but finding affordable housing near employment centers or near high-capacity transit is becoming more difficult every year. Many factors contribute to the record pace of increasing housing prices, especially…

Matt Hoffman GIS & Data Management, Planning & Community Development, Real Estate
Turning a Blighted Property into a Community Asset

Tiger Oil was a Texas-based company with locations across the United States, including several in Yakima, Washington. This string of gas stations and accompanying mini marts ceased operations in the town in the early 2000s. One of the former…

Carolyn R. Wise, LHG, RG Brownfield Redevelopment, Environmental, Real Estate, Sediment
Environmental Cleanup on Portland’s South Waterfront Gets Leading Role in New Short Film

MFA’s award-winning remediation work for the Zidell Yards property on the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon is featured in a new film by local filmmaker, David Bee. Beginning its operation in the early 1900s, the Zidell Yards property is…

Erik Bakkom, PE Brownfield Redevelopment, Engineering, Environmental, Real Estate, Sediment
MFA’s Unmanned Aerial Systems Services on Display at Two Conferences Sept. 20

Join Grant Herbert, Senior Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Analyst/Developer, and Erik Strandhagen, Senior GIS Analyst and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Certified Remote Pilot, for presentations on the benefits, challenges, and…

Grant Herbert, GISP Brownfield Redevelopment, GIS & Data Management, Real Estate, Unmanned Aerial Systems
Vancouver’s Lower Grand Employment Area is Booming

When you think of job creation and economics, look no further than the Lower Grand Employment Area (LGEA). The City of Vancouver, Washington recognized the potential for the LGEA to help preserve jobs in the city’s core and drive regional…

Stacy J. Frost, PE Engineering, Environmental, Local and State Agencies, Planning & Community Development, Real Estate
CCIM Commercial Real Estate Conference

MFA staff led sessions on brownfield development at the most recent Certified Commercial Investment Managers (CCIM) Conference, held on September 29 and 30, 2016, in Bend, OR. Jim Maul, Ted Wall, and Seth Otto prepared a dynamic, informative,…

Seth Otto, AICP, LEED AP Planning & Community Development, Real Estate
Public/Private Partnerships: Taking Action for Community Interests

In the world of economic development, nothing can add value to a large-scale project like a strong, mutually beneficial partnership between public and private interests. At the P3C Public-Private Partnership Conference & Expo 2015 in…

Carly Schaefer Environmental, Local and State Agencies, Planning & Community Development, Ports, Real Estate
Zidell Cleanup Illustrates Significance of Remediation

As mixed-used redevelopment forges ahead on the Zidell Yards property, NorthWest Ecosystem Services Ecologist Paul Fishman took a moment to reflect on the project’s myriad undertakings in the nine years since cleanup efforts got underway in…

Carly Schaefer Brownfield Redevelopment, Engineering, Environmental, Planning & Community Development, Real Estate, Sediment
Brownfield Updates

With the real estate market strengthening, there is increased interest in urban redevelopment. Many of these infill projects must address challenges from historical contamination. MFA will be participating in several upcoming conferences to…

Seth Otto, AICP, LEED AP Brownfield Redevelopment, Engineering, Environmental, Real Estate