Puerto Rico-based alum selected for Sustainable Cities Design Academy

Friday, August 17, 2012

Juan C. Feliciano, Land Use Planner, DISUR, Inc. (March, 2010) was on a team selected by The American Architectural Foundation to receive leadership training and technical assistance through its 9th Sustainable City Design Academy, which met in July 2012, in Baltimore. Eight development projects were selected by the Foundation. DISUR, Inc.’s project for revitalizing and planning the PR#127 industrial corridor was the only one selected from Puerto Rico.

The DISUR team focused on and presented the largest EPA-approved brownfield of 900 acres, among twelve others in the area. This former Union Carbide petrochemical site has a potential of becoming a 48 MW solar park, including a PV cells and module manufacturing facility, a shipping facility, and a visitor center. Potential buyers interested in the development and reuse of the site have been identified. The Academy assisted the team to gain knowledge of alternate land uses, landscape architecture, risk mitigation, environmental insurance, community engagement, lobbying and acquisition-financing strategies for brownfield properties, federal environmental justice grants and construction loans.