Brownfields Redevelopment and Green Design in Dorchester, Year 2
To provide a second year of funding to allow Beverly Craig to build on the work she accomplished during the first year of her Leadership Grant collaboration with Dorchester Bay EDC, working on brownfields redevelopment and green building, as well as assisting the organization in developing a policy on fostering green jobs in Dorchester, Massachusetts. Bev was hired last year through a Switzer Leadership Grant to add capacity to DBEDC to work on a number of real estate and community development projects that involve brownfields remediation and redevelopment. The first year projects were the demolition and clean up of a gas station site and an adjacent service station to form the base for the Bowdoin-Geneva (neighborhood) Community Center that would be a Silver LEED building, and redevelopment plans for a defunct factory (Maxwell Box) into a small business incubator or mixed use property. A second year of funding will allow Bev to finish overseeing the environmental cleanup of the gas station site for the community center which is underway, and to provide LEED documentation for the Community Center. She will also help DBEDC develop a policy for how to foster green jobs in Dorchester and assist with other projects in which brownfields remediation, smart growth, green design and green jobs can be a factor.