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Environmental Impact And Economic Assessments Of Brownfield Sites In Park Heights, Baltimore

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2002 Annual Conference


Montreal, Canada

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June 16, 2002

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June 16, 2002

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June 19, 2002



Conference Session

Reaching Out to the Community

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7.523.1 - 7.523.23



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Wenjuan Lu

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Mahala Shillingford

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Gbekeloluwa Oguntimein

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Guangming Chen

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Environmental Impact and Economic Assessments of Brownfield Sites in Park Heights Baltimore.

Gbekeloluwa B. Oguntimein1, Mahala Shillingford1, Wenjuan Lu2, Guangming Chen2 1 Department of Civil Engineering / 2Department of Industrial, Information and Manufacturing Engineering Morgan State University Baltimore, Maryland 21251


This paper presents a collaborative research project that cuts across discipline (Civil engineering and Industrial, Information and manufacturing engineering) involving undergraduate and graduate student and a community association in Baltimore (The ParkReist Corridor Association) and at the same time meeting the mission of the university. The project involves an environmental impact and economic assessment of Brownfield sites in the Park Heights area of Baltimore. Brownfields are abandoned, idled or underutilized industrial and commercial properties where expansion or redevelopment is complicated by real or perceived contamination. Preliminary Phase I environmental assessment results indicate that both Brownfield sites display no evidence of contamination. The economic assessment results indicate that both the economy and the population are declining significantly. This decline will continue and even worsen for next few years if no redevelopment is implemented. Thus, it is important for the community to make a strategic plan of attracting more business and population back to the community, through a better utilization of the idle land under the Brownfield site redevelopment scheme. Statistical analysis is applied in the assessment. The results will be used for the baseline studies for future Brownfield redevelopment.


Morgan State University (MSU) is one of the one hundred and fourteen (114) historically black colleges and Universities (HBCU) in the country. It is the designated urban university in Maryland charged with the mission of providing a comprehensive array of programs and services to the citizens and organizations of the Baltimore metropolitan area. Its three major mission components are (1) to educate citizens from diverse academic and socioeconomic backgrounds, (2) to carry out research, giving priority to that applicable to the problems of the region and its residents, and (3) provide cultural opportunities for the region and offer programs of service to the community and the general public. MSU was founded in 1867 as a Centenary Biblical Institution by the Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church to train men for the ministry. It became a public institution in 1939 when the state of Maryland acquired it for the purpose of affording its African- American citizens access to public higher education at a time when access

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Lu, W., & Shillingford, M., & Oguntimein, G., & Chen, G. (2002, June), Environmental Impact And Economic Assessments Of Brownfield Sites In Park Heights, Baltimore Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. 10.18260/1-2--10868

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