BHP Breakfast Series: Brownfields Redevelopment
Join ULI Houston for breakfast and the fifth program in our BHP Breakfast Series – Brownfields Redevelopment: A Catalyst for Building Healthy Communities. Alan Atkinson and Kathy Payton, two successful Houston developers, will join City of Houston’s Brownfields Redevelopment Program Manager, Jennifer Clancey, to share their experiences and best practices turning Houston’s brownfields properties into community assets and investment opportunities. Their diverse perspectives are guaranteed to shed new light on brownfields redevelopment and its role in catalyzing smart growth development in Houston.
Alan Atkinson, Bayou Vista
Alan Atkinson is Managing Director for Bayou Vista. Trained by his father in the arts of pouring concrete and mechanical engineering, he worked as a patent and litigation attorney for over twenty years, including service tours at Exxon, Baker Hughes, and Andrews & Kurth. In 1997 he purchased El Mercado del Sol from the City of Houston and worked for five years to construct and rent residential lofts. Over the next five years, he assembled 35 acres of industrial property along Buffalo Bayou to reposition such property for mixed use development, and privately constructed three miles of hike and bike trails along Buffalo Bayou. This work received Second Place from the Houston Business Journal Landmark Awards in 2005 for best community impact (second to the City of Sugar Land Town Center), and the 2006 AIA Houston Hamilton Brown Community Beautiful Award. More recently, the conversion of Anson Jones Elementary into a 55,000 SF office building received Second Place (behind Heritage Plaza) in the Landmark Awards and recently lured Cordua Catering from the Uptown area to the East End as a flagship tenant.
Jennifer Clancey, City of Houston
Jennifer Clancey has been the Program Manager for the City of Houston’s Brownfields Redevelopment Program since 2013. As the Program Manager, she has leveraged and managed over $500,000 in funding to support redevelopment of Brownfields in Houston. She has authored successful EPA grant proposals, funded multiple environmental site assessments, facilitated the creation of an extensive brownfields inventory database, and has connected community stakeholders and developers with key resources for managing environmental liability associated with their real estate investments. Through this work, she has catalyzed a Brownfields to Parks initiative and has supported various community revitalization efforts in the East End.
Jen also manages Houston’s Municipal Settings Designation Program, which is a program to ensure public health relative to shallow groundwater contamination in Houston. Prior to her tenure in Houston, she was the Energy Manager for the City of Cedar Rapids where she tracked, monitored and reported energy use in multiple City facilities, conducted energy efficiency and sustainability outreach with the community, and was responsible for environmental compliance with city facilities.
Kathy Flanagan Payton, Fifth Ward Community Redevelopment Corporation
Kathy is a seasoned executive with more than 24-years in Community Development, Kathy oversees the implementation of the Comprehensive Community Revitalization of Houston’s Historic 5th Ward as Pres./CEO of Fifth Ward Community Redevelopment Corporation. She incorporates the vision a diverse 15-member board of directors, the needs of both pioneering and new residents, community stakeholders, and acts as a catalyst in fostering the collaborative efforts of an array of community service providers with a primary goal of improving the quality of life in a traditionally underserved community. All of which are achieved thru the organization’s major lines of business and organizational/community objectives -Real Estate Development which includes land assemblage, residential and commercial rehabilitation and construction, property and asset management, financing, relocation, sales, and marketing; Community and Economic Development offering tools and strategies that attract businesses, train job seekers and entrepreneurs, and grow the community financially. Home Ownership Promotion offers services that increase the opportunities for affordable housing to include, case management, repair program, credit & budget counseling, and asset building; Supportive Services which is a unique blend of strategic community planning, organizing, administrative services, special offerings in arts and culture, and consultancy provided globally to share the replicable community development model established by the organization and designed to help others & help those they serve. Asset Management capitalizes on the development of the organizations and community’s natural or developed resources and projects to avail needed capital to support programming and enhance the quality of life for the benefit of persons living in 5th Ward. And lastly, Resource Development, a balanced strategy of earned income and philanthropic support which includes marketing both the 5th Ward and organization to investors, funders, potential partners, grantors, government and the broader community.
Kathy has successfully attracted in excess of $150 Million in direct investment, responsible for more than 400+new homes, developed 30,000+ sq. ft. of commercial lease space, participated/consulted in 4 Low Income Housing Tax Credit Projects, re-purposed the historic Deluxe Theater, developed 2 privately owned community parks, bridged the community’s digital divide in partnership with Hewlett Packard, and currently attracting/facilitating in excess of $80 million of development along Lyons Ave to include the creation of a cultural district with amenities such as schools, health clinic, retail, dining, and housing.
Danielle Getsinger, EnSafe Inc.
Danielle Getsinger is a Project Manager with EnSafe Inc., a global environmental services firm. Danielle has built her career consulting on Brownfields redevelopment projects and program throughout the country. She has worked directly with city economic development groups, planning departments, non-profit community organizations, and private investors on their Brownfields projects by offering a broad range of services, including funding assistance, strategic planning, community outreach, liability, and risk assessment, remediation, and technical project designs. Danielle has been directly responsible for procuring over $1 million in EPA grants and other public funding to complete Brownfields redevelopment projects and catalyze community revitalization in cities like Houston, Los Angeles, and the Boston area.
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