Barr helped the City of New Brighton, Minnesota, with the New Brighton Exchange, one of the most ambitious and complex brownfields projects in the state. Situated at the interchange of highways I-694 and I-35W, this site comprises 100 acres of land with a century of heavy industrial use, and it included two Superfund sites, several petroleum-release sites, and two former dumps.
Barr’s involvement in the redevelopment of the project encompassed due diligence for property acquisition, master planning, assessment of remediation feasibility and cost estimating, site investigation and remediation design, coordination of building demolition, wetland and stormwater permitting assistance, design of new public utilities, and assistance with both community relations and regulatory and stakeholder approval. To help fund this multimillion-dollar project, Barr assisted the city in obtaining more than $9.6 million in environmental cleanup funds from a variety of grant programs.
The cleanup of the New Brighton Exchange site has been completed, and most of the area is now redeveloped, including five corporate headquarters; a luxury apartment building; a 25-acre new residential development; nine new stormwater ponds; and new streets, boulevards, and parks.