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The Story of Parcel 4: How do we deal with “surplus” lands?

Recycling abandoned and scarred land provides opportunities to restore and repair past industrial uses, while providing much needed recreation, wildlife and other amenities in the heart of many of our urban areas.

As a society, we have proven adept at vigorously using resources and then discarding them. Typically, we refer to cans, bottles, cardboard when we think of recycling. But what about land? There are literally hundreds of thousands of properties across the U.S. and hundreds in Humboldt County that were used intensively during industrial development phases and now sit vacant. These lands are potentially scarred with legacy industrial waste, filled with non-native plants, or exhibit poor water quality; they are ripe for abuse from trespassing, dumping and vandalism. These lands are often the center of social and behavioral issues that stem from drinking, drug abuse and illegal camping near or within our urban centers. One local example of this is Parcel 4, located behind the Bayshore Mall in Eureka.

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LEED: The Green Path to Silver, Gold or Platinum

There’s a sprawling plaza, and freshly planted landscaping surrounding the new Fishermen’s Terminal Building, the City’s coda of waterfront redevelopment activities. Greenway coordinated the LEED process, working to make it a LEED-Gold certified building, and if it achieves that certification level, it will be the region’s first.

When someone says “LEED building,” does it conjure up images of sleek, ultra-modern, uber-efficient and eco-groovy? Or maybe you wonder “lead…what?” You wouldn’t be alone. Like most people, unless you have some affiliation with a LEED building, you may not be aware if one exists in your community, or even what it means to be LEED-certified.

Walk along the Eureka Waterfront, past the busy activity of shopping and restaurants, toward the quieter end of rustic-looking docks and industrial operations. There’s a sprawling plaza and freshly planted landscaping surrounding the new Fishermen’s Terminal Building, the City’s coda of waterfront redevelopment activities. Greenway coordinated the LEED process, working to make it a LEED-Gold certified building, and if it achieves that certification level, it will be one of only a few in the region.

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