Innovative Cities Lecture – Century City: A Brownfield Story

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:20 pm
Location: Architecture and Urban Planning Building 345

Benjamin Timm, Project Manager for the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Milwaukee, and Jeff Tracy, Senior Project Manager at AECOM will be delivering a lecture titled "Century City: A Brownfield Story." The lecture will provide attendees with an overview of the on-going redevelopment efforts at the former A.O. Smith/Tower Automotive facility, now known as the Century City Business Park. The Century City area, located on Milwaukee's north side near 35th and Capitol Drive is one of the largest brownfield redevelopment efforts in the state of Wisconsin.

An RSVP to is kindly requested, but not required.

About Benjamin Timm:
Mr. Timm has been with the Redevelopment Authority of City of Milwaukee for more than 10 years. During that time he has been involved with a multitude of (re)development projects. The projects range in complexity from abandoned corner gas stations; to the Alterra Coffee Roasting facility in Riverwest; to the award winning Menomonee Valley Industrial Center. In 2006 Mr. Timm was assigned to the 30th Street Industrial Corridor to coordinate remediation and redevelopment activities at sites throughout the area. Currently his efforts focus on the former A.O. Smith/Tower Automotive site (now know as Century City). In 2010 Mr. Timm oversaw the construction of an assembly plant and rail improvements for Spanish train maker Talgo, Inc. In early 2013 he will complete a three-year demolition and environmental cleanup phase at the Century City site. Mr. Timm is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.

About Jeff Tracy:
Mr. Tracy has 20 years of experience in environmental consulting, primarily in the practice of environmental due diligence; soil and groundwater quality investigation and remediation; spill response and management; and brownfields redevelopment. He has managed environmental investigation, remediation, and monitoring programs; has provided liaison between clients and regulatory agencies to resolve issues and obtain reimbursements from state programs; and has completed Phase I and Phase II environmental site assessments for property transfer due diligence since 1992. Mr. Tracy's investigation and remediation experience includes petroleum, solvent, PCB, and heavy metals contamination, investigating and monitoring solid waste facilities, managing redevelopment projects, and managing spill response activities. He is a project manager but has participated as a team member for various soil and groundwater investigations and remediation projects in the US and Mexico. Mr. Tracy's experience includes work at oil refineries, railroad facilities, municipal sites, and a variety of manufacturing and commercial facilities. Mr. Tracy is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.

Students, staff, faculty, and friends of the University are all invited to attend. APA members who are AICP certified and attend any Innovative Cities lecture will receive 1 AICP Certificate Maintenance (CM) credit. A pizza lunch and refreshments will be provided.

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Pizza lunch and refreshments are provided.

Transit Information:
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee area is in a walkable, bike-able, urban neighborhood that is served by several transit lines, including the Milwaukee County Transit System, Badger Bus, and Wisconsin Coach Lines. Please consider utilizing public transit to get to UWM and avoid the hassle of parking.

Questions, comments?
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