The Brownfields Conference offers several exciting opportunities to view local redevelopment sites through the featured mobile workshops. Whether you are interested in water and wetlands, sports and entertainment, or housing and transit-oriented development these unique workshops will get attendees out into Los Angeles to experience local redevelopment firsthand!
Tours include transportation to outstanding redevelopment sites throughout the Greater Los Angeles area and allow attendees to interact with local experts.
Advance registration is required.
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Affordable, Inclusionary, Infill Housing
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
About 92% of Angelinos cannot afford to rent or buy housing. The odds are even greater for certain sectors of the population. Come view how several housing developers have narrowed this wide gap by utilizing public-private partnerships. These projects will demonstrate that connecting creative community engagement, placemaking strategies within an area of focus and sustainable local resources can lead to a vibrant economy, where residents create the future they envision.
Speakers: Aquilina Soriano Versoza, Pilipino Workers Center ; Amelita Pascual Spear, Mercy Housing; Zoe Ellas, Deep Green Housing and Community Development
Transforming Environmental Burdens to Benefits: Lopez Canyon Landfill and Pacoima Green Streets Project
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
See how this former landfill was transformed into a community park with a trailhead, equestrian center, and environmental education center, and how they use the landfill gas for energy production. The tour will also feature the surrounding Van Nuys-Pacoima Neighborhood Green Street Project, that is enhancing water quality of LA’s rivers and ocean and increasing groundwater recharge in the San Fernando Groundwater Basin to alleviate nuisance flooding.
Speakers: Veronica Padilla-Campos, Pacoima Beautiful; Brian Baldauf, Mountains Recreation & Conservation Authority; Rebecca Rasmussen, Mayor’s Office; Majid Sadeghi & Manuel Gomez, Los Angeles Sanitation & Environment
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Controlling Stormwater Runoff Using Wetlands and Green Alleys in South Los Angeles
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Join us in exploring the nine-acre South Los Angeles Wetlands Park, which is an expansive and innovative community-driven project that collects urban runoff from a storm drain, removes trash and pollutants, and sends it through the constructed wetlands for treatment. Once the site of a former MTA bus yard, the South Los Angeles Wetlands Park can treat up to 680,000 gallons of polluted urban runoff per day, or enough to fill an Olympic-size swimming pool. The park features passive recreational activities such as walking, cycling, photography and bird watching. In addition, you’ll view the City’s partnership with Trust for Public Lands to create green alley networks that promote infill development, improve community walkability (thereby reducing Vehicle Miles Traveled), develop new and attractive spaces for outdoor exercise and promote multi-benefit infrastructure improvements with a focus on stormwater capture and infiltration.
Speakers: Robin Mark, The Trust for Public Land; Susie Santilena, LA Mayor’s Office/Bureau of Sanitation; Majid Sadeghi, Los Angeles Sanitation & Environment
EXPOsing Culver City: Discover Transit-Oriented Development Along Metro’s Expo Line
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
The Metro Expo Line’s Culver stop opened in 2012 and is at the heart of Culver City’s transit-oriented development vision. Participants will ride Metro approximately 8.6 miles from downtown Los Angeles and be accompanied by a Metro guide along the way to highlight some of its projects along the Expo Line. Once at the Culver stop, the tour will be met by Culver City representatives to learn about developments such as Ivy Station and Platform that have been in the works for over a decade and that are part of the City’s long-term plan to create a mixed-use neighborhood adjacent to the Expo Culver station. Next the tour will hop on a city bus to visit developments in downtown Culver City including Culver Steps and Culver Studios. Attendees will learn how Culver City has used significant infrastructure investment as an engine to attract major employers and meet its goal of creating a new way of living in and moving around the region. All participants will receive commemorative Metro TAP cards as part of the tour.
Speakers: Elizabeth Garcia, Economic Development Project Manager, Culver City; and Nick Saponara, Interim EO, Metro
Wishing Tree and Compton Creek Parks
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Compton Creek is a restored park and habitat that is the first phase of a three-part master plan that will include a youth center and headquarters for the Los Angeles Conservation Corps and an urban playfield with a total of four miles of space for the entire community to enjoy. The park is an example of how nonprofits, schools, cities, states and counties can pull together to create a new learning environment and recreation area for the entire community to enjoy. The park will also feature a cistern that will hold 127,000 gallons of water beneath the lawn to collect rainwater which will be used to water the park. Wishing Tree Park includes the transformation of an 8.5 former superfund site into a new neighborhood park. The new park will open by fall 2020 and will include 233 new trees, ball field, exercise equipment, basketball and futsal (a variation on soccer) courts and a half-mile of walking trails will open. Come learn about the decades-long history of the project site and the efforts to transform it from a brownfield to a public park.
Speakers: Bo Savage and Carlos Campero, Los Angeles Conservation Corps; David de la Cruz, Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust; and Cynthia Babich, Del Amo Action Committee
Thursday, December 12, 2019
On Goal: Brownfields for Sports and Entertainment
12:15 pm – 3:15 pm
Not for the faint of heart – brownfields and these redevelopment projects. You need a game plan for developing brownfields before revving your engines. Apart from creative brownfields game plans, the Dignity Health Sports Park (home to LA Galaxy and LA Chargers) and Porsche Experience Center facilities have community programs, meeting facilities, community gardens and many other uses that serve sports, entertainment and educational purposes. Whether it’s a goal or a checkered flag, these projects are winners.
Speakers: Lauren Nowinski, Community Relations & Programming, LA Galaxy Foundation; Arnd Stollmann, Operations Manager, Porsche Experience Center Los Angeles; Preston Brooks, Partner, Cox, Castle & Nicholson; Tony Ward, Partner, Roux; Peter Weiner, Partner, Paul Hastings LLP
Rebirth of LA’s Natural Treasure: Los Angeles River Revitalization
12:15 pm – 3:15 pm
This tour will feature two revitalization projects along the Los Angeles River. The Taylor Yard G2 River Park, a newly-acquired, 42-acre, river-adjacent site that will create habitat restoration, support sustainability, and open more than one mile of direct river access to local communities. The second will feature the newly developed Albion Riverside Park that features Low Impact Development (LID) and Green Infrastructure, measures to improve the water quality of stormwater prior to discharging into the Los Angeles River and ultimately into the Pacific Ocean. Diverted flows are treated and infiltrated or used within the park. The park has multiple recreational areas featuring multi-purpose athletic fields, walking paths, adult fitness zones, children’s play area, picnic area, a new parking lot with permeable paving, site landscaping, and a view of Ed P. Reyes Greenway Park.
Speakers: Deborah Weintraub, Chief Deputy Engineer; Michael Affeldt, Mayor’s Office; Majid Sadeghi, Los Angeles Sanitation & Environment; Lenise Marrero, Los Angeles Sanitation & Environment
Friday, December 13, 2019
LA’s Green Infrastructure and Sustainability Tour
11:45 am – 2:45 pm
From using vegetation to manage stormwater to restoring creeks and urban lakes, green infrastructure helps a city become more resilient to drought, improves the water quality of urban runoff and creates beautiful community spaces. Learn from LA Sanitation & Environment how to foster sustainability and implement green infrastructure. Participants will tour LA’s growing inventory of green infrastructure projects and other sites, with stops at Recycled Water Facilities and Zero Waste Facilities such as Hyperion Wastewater Treatment Plant and Ballona Wetlands. You’ll also find out how the City benefited from the local ballot initiative Prop O to fund these new projects.
Speakers: Shahram Kharaghani, Los Angeles Sanitation & Environment, Cathie Santo Domingo, Los Angeles Recreation and Parks