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Development of the Covington IRS site is back on track with the hiring of a project manager; the dog park is advancing, more

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By Ryan Clark
NKyTribune journalist

The development of the IRS site is back.

After stopping and starting – and en route replaced the Covington City Manager – on Tuesday evening, the commissioners approved the hiring of JS Held, LLC, for project management services to “implement the master plan strategic for Covington’s central waterfront, ”read in city documents. .

They refer to the management of the 23-acre IRS site.

“This is a very important first step that we are taking in the redevelopment of the IRS site,” Mayor Joseph U. Meyer said at the regular legislative committee meeting.

The deal will result in brownfield redevelopment in the Covington Central Riverfront area, under the direction of the city manager and the director of economic development, the mayor said. The goal is to develop it into usable land that could support a mix of potential uses.

City Manager Ken Smith said he could provide weekly updates on the project to the Commission, if they so wish.

Over the summer, the commissioners chose to stop and completely rethink how they wanted to use the site.

The city bought the site in March for $ 20.5 million, and since then Covington has struggled to manage the project. They first entered into several demolition and design contracts when former general manager David Johnston recommended certain options; the Commission decided not to follow these recommendations.

In June, Johnston and the town went their separate ways. Perhaps it wasn’t a surprise, then, that the city decided to officially start over.

“No project is more important,” said Mayor Meyer at the time. “We only have a bite of an apple to get it right.”

The city received three responses to its call for tenders for management services. The payment of the contract, which runs from November 1 to October 31 of the following year, is illustrated in the agreement as follows:

First year of the contract: $ 371,217
Second year of contract: $ 367,545
Third year of contract: to be determined
Fourth year of contract: to be determined
Fifth year of contract: to be determined

Thus, the contract, which will run in six phases, begins with an initial period of one year, with the possibility of four one-year renewals. The potential term of the contract should not exceed five years or $ 738,762.

Under the contract, JS Held, LLC, “will act as owner trustee and oversee all aspects of real estate development on behalf of the city.”

The project will include scope development, tendering and coordination with the city; the demolition and remediation of the 23-acre brownfield site; and site engineering and construction of new public rights-of-way with utilities, the contract says.

A general description of the services required includes:

• Project development for all phases
• Management of the project and program development of all phases from the start
Upon completion
• Facilitate and manage all required services, activities and communications
necessary for the completion of the project on behalf of the city
• Selection of engineers, consultants and contractors
• Management of the negotiation and creation of contracts
• Supervision and coordination of engineering and design processes and
• Manage all engineering, design and inspection services related to the
redevelopment project

Director of neighborhood services, other employees

Commissioners approved the hiring of Deputy Warden of Neighborhood Services Brandon Holmes as Warden effective October 27, and Keith Bales as Deputy Warden of Ward Services, effective November 8.

The commissioners also approved the appointment of Gregory Paeth to the Covington Motor Vehicle Parking Authority for a four-year term, effective October 27, 2021 and expiring October 26, 2025.

Stormwater maintenance supervisor hired

The commissioners also approved the hiring of Todd Redman for the stormwater maintenance supervisor position, effective October 18.

The role is budgeted from the rainwater operating budget.

Map of the dog park presented

Ben Oldiges, Director of Parks and Recreation, presented the Commission with a plan for the construction of the city’s first dog park.

“This is a really exciting new initiative,” he said. “We’ve made pretty good progress on this project.

Oldiges said the idea had been floating around the city for about a decade, and when he was hired as manager in 2020, he made it one of his top priorities to make it happen.

The project would be hosted in Kenney Shields Park and paid for with CDBG funds and a $ 10,000 grant from the Northern Kentucky Association of Realtors.

Oldiges said they chose to target the location because of its lighting, safety, neighborhood setting, shade and water source.

“It’s a pretty solid foundation for a dog park,” he said, noting that the goal is to develop several in the city.

He said they hope to pave the way for winter 2021 or spring 2022.

Executive session

The commissioners ended Tuesday’s meeting by meeting in executive session to “discuss pending litigation,” the mayor said.

He also said that they would not meet again and that no further action would be taken.

Next meeting (there is no meeting next week because it is election day)

The next regular meeting of the Covington Commission will be a caucus meeting at 6:00 pm on November 9 at the City Building at 20 W. Pike St. in Covington. Meetings can be followed live on Fioptics channel 815, Spectrum channel 203, the Northern Kentucky Telecommunications Council (TBNK) website, TBNK @TBNKonline Facebook page, and TBNK Roku channels.

Cairn PLC starts the development of the Cork site on a 472 unit project near the village of Douglas

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SITE development work has started for a development of over 150 million euros of new homes by PLC developers Cairn, on a valley site on the outskirts of Cork village in Douglas, near a new school under construction by BAM.

Called Bayly, the 472 unit program on Carrigaline Road at Castletreasure is Cairn PLC’s first program founded in 2015 in Cork, having acquired a number of sites in Ireland through a € 503 million portfolio sale to Ulster Bank with Lone Star, Project Clear.

The Castletreasure site acquired by Cairn PLC was reopened in 2016 for 25 million euros but is being developed in 2021 by Cairn PLC for 472 units

Cairn bought around the same time another limited company, Glenveagh, entered the Cork market; While Glenveagh has continued to expand its presence and has recorded several hundred sales to date from Cork, notably to Blackrock and Maryborough Hill, Cairn has so far not made any concrete site relocations to Munster.

Cairn, which has announced its goal of building 2,500 Irish houses in 2021, mainly in Dublin and Leinster, has 16 sites listed on its website including Dublin, Kilkenny, Kildare and Wicklow, has two sites in the wings in Galway and Castletreasure Liege.

After acquiring the sites The Project Clear, Cairn quickly sought to sell three of its Cork sites, the Good Shepherd Convent in Sunday’s Well (now destroyed by fire and in new hands), a site in Victoria Cross and 52 acres to Castletreasure, Douglas, who had been associated with the developers of Cork Frinailla, in a offer of 30 million euros.

Unsold at its £ 25million 2016 price guide (obtaining bids of around £ 18million via Savills agents), was the largest site, the 52-acre Castle Treasure Lands across from the Douglas Golf Club, in a green setting. Frinailla had bought it at the peak of the market in the mid-2000s to move the Douglas GAA club out of the village and finance the exchange through the sale of houses here as well.

Sisk contractors perform preliminary infrastructure and service work.  No main contractor for the constructions has yet been appointed.
Sisk contractors perform preliminary infrastructure and service work. No main contractor for the constructions has yet been appointed.

Cairn PLC obtained planning approval in October 2019 via a Strategic Housing Development (SHD) application with Meitheal Architects for this Castletreasure site, after an oral hearing addressing some specific issues such as stormwater management.

    Construction site activity in Carr's Hill, Co Cork, where a new school is being delivered.
Construction site activity in Carr’s Hill, Co Cork, where a new school is being delivered.

The town planning grant – one of the largest in the Cork region in recent years – covers 234 semi-detached and terraced houses, 160 apartments and 78 duplexes, with 4.4 ha of parkland and amenity space.

In giving the green light for construction, Bord Pleanala said the development of the Douglas Edge was reasonable development and “would not seriously impair the residential or visual amenities of the area or property nearby, would be acceptable in terms of of urban design, height, and quantum of development.

Sisk contractors are on site, performing services, infrastructure, a bridge and partial road realignment.

No sales agent has been named yet, and it is unclear whether Cairn has any pre-construction deals for portions of the program.

A spokesperson said last night that “Cairn looks forward to bringing new homes to Castletreasure in 2022 in what will be a phased, multi-year development.”


The Pullman National Monument Visitor Center is “just the beginning” of site development and investment

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After sitting idle over the Pullman community for decades, the old administration building and the Pullman Company clock tower is ready to begin its new life and career as a visitor center for the Pullman National Monument. The renovated and redesigned building will open to the public this Labor Day weekend, with celebrations starting at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 4.

Ongoing preservation and renovation plans for the historic building became increasingly crucial after the late 1990s, when it was severely damaged by fire. However, a proclamation by President Obama in 2015 paved the way for national monument status and management by the National Park Service. The industrial city of the Victorian era played a central role in the history of labor and civil rights in the United States, and this context is displayed and explored through the facilities of the new visitor center.

Teri Gage is the superintendent of Pullman National Monument, Chicago’s first and only national park, and says there were plenty of moving parks and actors involved in the $ 35 million effort to renovate the clock tower building and its 12 acres of land.

The main entrance to the reception center. Photo: AJ LaTrace.

“The land here belongs to the Pullman State Historic Site, which falls under the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, but the clock tower building is owned by the National Park Service,” she explains. “Construction started about 17 months ago and it hasn’t really been occupied since 1958 when Pullman left. “

But the new visitor center will have both a symbolic and tangible impact on the community, not only as a sign of new investment and rebirth, but also by promoting Pullman and the far south of Chicago as a destination for tourism and educational programming. Gage says the National Park Service estimates that when the site is fully redeveloped, the park could expect more than 300,000 visitors each year.

At present, the 10,000 square foot first floor of the Visitor Center is complete and ready for its debut, but there is still a 10,000 square foot second floor, the sprawling building wing on the side of the building and hull of the aft assembly shops which will also be built in the future. Gage says it remains to be seen how these spaces will be used.

“Immediately after the grand opening, the visitor center will be open seven days a week,” Gage said. “And we will be offering tours, both in the building and on the factory site, as the staff allow us to do, we are going to depend on some volunteers to be able to do some of these additional programs.”

Gage says his team currently consists of eight full-time National Park Service employees, but encourages anyone interested in the national monument to consider volunteering for tours and programming.

The old erection stores on the side of the building. Photo: AJ LaTrace.

Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives (CNI), which has been involved in virtually all new industrial and commercial developments at Pullman over the past decade, served as the site developer, coordinating with key stakeholders – the State of Illinois, the National Park Service, National Park Foundation and Historic Pullman Foundation – to oversee project construction and coordination between contractors.

David Doig, the chairman of CNI, said there would also be new jobs and increased economic output from the Pullman community, referring to a 2013 report by the city of Chicago and the CNI, which suggests that a presence in a national park in Pullman could help support the creation of 300 new jobs and more than $ 40 million in annual economic benefits for the neighborhood after the first decade.

“I think the message is that this is just the start,” Doig said of the completion of the first phase of the national monument site. “We get the welcome center, but there is still more to come. We need to create momentum around increasing the number of visitors, creating more attractions and creating more assets for the community.

A rendering shows what the site of the national monument could look like one day. Image via CNI.

The Doig team coordinated closely with Bauer Latoza Studio, who handled the design work, and general construction contractor GMA Construction Group, who carried out the renovation of the historic structure and built the new center space. reception on the first floor of the building.

Completing the work on such a large building presented challenges, said Cornelius Griggs, president and CEO of GMA. From fine details such as matching the color of the existing brick to more intensive work such as rearranging load-bearing steel brackets to open up the space, the construction team had to overcome many hurdles for the overhaul.

But beyond the technical aspects of the renovation, taking on the job was a professional and personal highlight, adds Griggs.

“It was a personal passion for me, as an African American entrepreneur in the city of Chicago, to be able to put my company name and my name on the revitalization of the Pullman National Monument and what it means for my heritage. , our culture, and to the Pullman Porters, ”he explains.“ For me, this is the highlight of my career so far, so I’m extremely excited about it and can’t wait to see it all. ‘inauguration.”

The Visitor Center offers a recreation of a Pullman Palace car. Photo: AJ LaTrace.
A showcase of historical objects related to Pullman Porters. Photo: AJ LaTrace.
A close up of the details of the brick and the skylight. Photo: AJ LaTrace.
Photo: AJ LaTrace
A rendering of the completed workers’ entrance on 111st Street. Image via CNI.

This article also appears in the October 2021 issue of the Illinois Real Estate Journal.

Pensana Plc Update: Webinar on Site Development, Funding and Investors

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August 31, 2021

Pensana Plc

(“Pensana“or the”Society“)

Update on Site Development, Funding and Investor Webinar

Pensana Plc is pleased to provide an update to investors following a recent Board of Directors meeting held at Saltend Chemicals Park (“Saltend”) in Humber Freeport, North of England.

Pensana US $ 125 million will be the first large rare earth separation plant to be built in over a decade and the first to be located in a Free port. It will become an important hub in establishing an independent magnetic metal supply chain for the UK and beyond, creating over 100 direct high value-added jobs and over 500 jobs during construction.

Site improvements in progress at Saltend and Longonjo

At the Saltend project in Humber, UK:

  • Front End Engineering Design (FEED) is progressing on schedule and is expected to be completed in October. Subsequently, the EPCM contracts should be awarded.

  • Pensana has entered into a 25-year lease with pxGroup and Associated British Ports (ABP) for the initial nine hectare Saltend site with potential for expansion.

  • Geotechnical drilling and trenching work has started. These will confirm the input data for the completion of the design of the foundations of the buildings and the infrastructure of the processing plant.

  • Wood, the international engineering group, is working with pxGroup to optimize the handling arrangements for reagents and materials from the jetty to the site, as well as the supply of electrical power, water, steam and fuel. play ”.

  • Pensana is also in talks with Free port stakeholders from pxGroup, ABP and KPMG to finalize government submissions to clarify the benefits and incentives applicable to the Free port tax enterprise zone and customs zone for the Saltend Chemicals Park.

To the Longonjo project at Angola:

  • Front End Engineering Design (FEED) is progressing again on schedule and is expected to be completed in October with EPCI contracts awarded thereafter.

  • The Lidar study for the whole site (including the surrounding bulk service infrastructure and the transmission line connecting to the hydroelectric power) is now complete, as well as the hydrological studies of the water supply. and 100-year flood line ratings.

  • A detailed geotechnical study, under the supervision of SRK global specialists, was mobilized. It will confirm the final design of the plant foundations and infrastructure, the tailings storage facility and the pit stability criteria which were based on earlier larger campaigns.

ATF financing

The company’s expression of interest in the UK government’s Automotive Transformation Fund (“ATF”) of up to £ 1bn has been welcomed by the program’s board. The application for a subsidy or other forms of financial support is currently under consideration by the government.

The Company has no indication of the timing of a potential grant, but will notify shareholders as soon as the notice is received.

Bond Financing for Saltend Rare Earth Separation Facility in Humber, UK

Pensana hired ABG Sundal Collier (ABGSC), a leading Nordic investment bank headquartered in Oslo, Norway, advance debt financing.

ABGSC is a leading investment bank in the Nordic market with extensive experience in the Nordic high yield market and extensive expertise in the natural resources sector and debt structuring. The transaction will be supported by ABGSC’s premier credit research team, providing unique investor education and credit history marketing.

With extensive expertise in the natural resources sector, capital markets and experience in debt structuring as well as extensive abilities in negotiating intercreditor terms with government agencies, ABGSC is well positioned to assist in the execution of the proposed bond issue.

The senior debt facilities contemplated in discussion include a senior secured senior facility in an amount of up to US $ 250 million over a period of five years.

ABGSC will begin its detailed due diligence review shortly and will seek to be able to target a bond issue in the fourth quarter of 2021, once FEED and site preparation is complete.

Harvesting and marketing agreements

Discussions have started with a number of potential direct debit partners to secure direct debit and / or marketing agreements to support core funding. To date, non-disclosure agreements have been signed with three interested parties and discussions have been initiated with several others.

Investor webinar

Pensana will host an investor webinar at 8:00 am in the UK on Wednesday September 8th. Investors can register and submit questions prior to the webinar using this link:

President Paul Atherley commented “We continue to work closely with the UK Government’s Automotive Transformation Fund to support the world-class rare earths processing center in Saltend, which will create over 500 jobs during construction and over 100 permanent high-value jobs. once in service.

Saltend will be the first large rare earth separation plant to be developed in over a decade and the first to be located in a Free port. The facility will process raw materials from the company’s Longonjo Project and other sources around the world, producing the magnetic metal oxides essential for supply chains for electric vehicles and offshore wind turbines.

For more information:

Pensana Plc

Paul Atherley, President / Tim George, CEO
[email protected]

About Pensana

The electrification of the driving force is the most important part of the energy transition and one of the greatest energy transitions in history. Magnetic metals are at the heart of the transition and essential for high value-added manufacturing applications such as electric vehicles and offshore wind turbines.

Pensana plans to make Saltend an independent and sustainable supplier of leading magnetic metal oxides in a market currently dominated by China. the US $ 125 million The Saltend facility is designed to produce approximately 12,500 tonnes per year of rare earth oxides, of which 4,500 tonnes will be neodymium and praseodymium (LoPr), representing approximately 5% of the global market in 2025.

The Saltend facility is located in the world-class grounds of Saltend Chemicals, a leading chemical and renewable energy group of companies in the heart of the UK’s energy estuary, and is home to a range of companies including BP Petrochemicals Technology, INEOS, Air Products, Triton Power, Nippon Gohsei and Tricoya.

Pensana’s plug and play installation will create over 500 jobs during construction and over 100 direct jobs once in production. It will be the first major separation facility to be established in over a decade and will become one of only three major producers located outside China.

The initial feedstock will be shipped as clean, high purity mixed rare earth sulfate (MRES) from the company’s longonjo low impact mine in Angola. The surface mine, state-of-the-art concentrator and proprietary MRES processing plant are designed by Wood to the highest international standards. They will be powered by low carbon hydroelectric power and linked to the port of Lobito by the recently modernized Benguela railway line.

Pensana believes that the source of critical rare earth material supply, life cycle analysis, and Scope 1, 2 and 3 GHG emissions will all become important factors in the supply chains of companies. Principal clients. The Company intends to offer its customers an independent and sustainable supply of metal oxides and carbonates of increasing importance for a range of central applications in the energy transition, industrial, medical, military and communications sectors.

For many miners around the world looking to access European and US supply chains, it is becoming increasingly clear that the proposed taxation at the EU and UK carbon borders would mean it won’t It is more acceptable for manufacturers to source materials that are extracted or processed in an unsustainable manner. .

Pensana aims to make Saltend an attractive alternative to mining companies that might otherwise be limited to selling their products to China, having designed the installation to easily adapt to a range of rare earth raw materials.

Ecoark Announces Start of Development of Texas Cryptocurrency Mining Beta Site with Potential to Help Alleviate Future Network Imbalances

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The first phase should become operational in 90 days

SAN ANTONIO, Aug. 09, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Ecoark Holdings, Inc. (“Ecoark”) (NASDAQ: ZEST), has announced plans to allocate approximately $ 3 million of the net proceeds of its recently $ 20 million completed. registered direct offer, towards the development of a digital asset mining business proposal, with a focus on Bitcoin. We intend to deploy capital for the development of a beta site (“beta”) of a 6 MW (“megawatt”) cryptocurrency mining operation in Texas, with expansion capacity. short-term target of 50 MW on the first project. The project will represent the first major investment in cryptocurrency mining to be operated by our newly formed indirect wholly owned subsidiary Bitstream Mining LLC (“Bitstream”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Trend Discovery Holdings LLC (“Trend ”), Another wholly owned subsidiary of Ecoark. On August 6, 2021, Bitstream signed an engagement agreement with a leading strategic industry partner, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (“ERCOT”), with comprehensive energy services experience over the full lifecycle of over 20 years, which we consider critical for energy. deployment of associated infrastructures. Bitstream is expected to enter into a power contract within the next 30 days and begin marketing within 90 days, subject to market conditions and the availability of mining equipment.

With the deficiencies in the ERCOT power grid encountered during the severe weather cycles of last winter, Bitstream should be positioned to help mitigate grid imbalances at critical times, as part of our environmental, social and governance strategy. (“ESG”), by turning off cryptocurrency mining and reselling our 6 MW of electricity to the ERCOT grid. We plan to use the capabilities of our strategic partner to monitor the market for ERCOT supply and demand in real time and redirect our energy away from cryptocurrency mining at all times to mitigate market imbalances. network. Additionally, Ecoark will continue to monitor potential future opportunities in stranded natural gas.

“By reducing our energy consumption when charging resources are insufficient, we can help alleviate the strain on the grid, which benefits local communities and helps ensure they have access to electricity when they need it. need them most, ”said Britt Swann, President of Bitstream. “We look forward to helping the development of green infrastructure in Texas by mitigating grid imbalances when solar and wind power are unable to meet demand. Today’s exciting announcement of our first mining project serves as a platform for value creation in this rapidly growing industry. We anticipate that this beta project will help Ecoark to diversify its business in the cryptocurrency market and, if successful, expand Bitstream’s future capacity beyond 50 MW.

About Ecoark Holdings, Inc.

Founded in 2011, Ecoark is a diversified holding company. The Company has three wholly owned subsidiaries: Zest Labs, Inc. (“Zest Labs”), Banner Midstream Corp (“Banner Midstream”) and Trend Discovery. Zest Labs offers the Zest Fresh ™ solution, a revolutionary approach to fresh food quality management, specially designed to help dramatically reduce the US $ 161 billion in food loss each year. Banner Midstream is engaged in oil and gas exploration, production and drilling operations on more than 30,000 cumulative acres of active mining claims in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi. Banner Midstream also provides transportation and logistics services and purchases and finances equipment for oilfield transportation service contractors. In addition to leading our new business opportunity, Trend invests annually in a number of start-ups as part of the fund’s venture capital strategy; we are open-minded investors with a founder’s mindset. Trend Discovery LP has an audited history of uncorrelated outperformance of the S&P 500 since inception.

ZEST FRESH ™ and Zest Labs ™ are registered trademarks of Zest Labs, Inc.

Forward-looking statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements relating to the intended use of the net proceeds of the recently concluded offering, to the development of a mining operation. cryptocurrency in Texas, on schedule for the execution of a binding power contract and commissioning of the Beta mining facility, our plans regarding the use of future mining to mitigate imbalances grid using the capabilities and expected benefits of our strategic partner, our plans for natural gas, the potential future expansion of Bitstream’s future capacity, and other statements that are not statements of historical fact. The words “believe”, “can”, “estimate”, “continue”, “anticipate”, “intend”, “should”, “plan”, “could”, “target”, “” will be “,” Expect “and similar expressions as they apply to us are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These statements are based on management’s current expectations and beliefs, as well as a number of assumptions about future events. These forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other important factors, such as market and other conditions, many of which are beyond the control of management. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ from those of forward-looking statements include our ability to perform a binding power contract when expected on terms acceptable to us, or not at all, our ability to provide high speed computers required for timely cryptocurrency mining, especially due to the international semiconductor shortage, our limited experience in mining cryptocurrency on a commercial scale, intense competition in the cryptocurrency mining market, future legislation or regulatory initiative limiting the use of digital assets as a medium of exchange, significant volatility in the price of digital assets, and their potentially limited liquidity. Additional risks and uncertainties are identified and discussed in documents filed by Ecoark with the SEC, including the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended March 31, 2021 and the prospectus supplement dated August 4, 2021. Any forward-looking statements made by us herein speak only from the date on which they are made. Other factors or events that could cause our actual results to differ may occur from time to time, and we cannot predict all of them. We assume no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as required by law.


Investor Relations:
Marc Silverberg
[email protected]

A new database on landslides provides tools for site development: CEG

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Mon July 26, 2021 – West Edition # 16
Idaho. government

The database includes attributes to maintain the locations of MSE retaining walls and risk factors to assess the condition of the wall, as well as attributes for rockfall risk, so that ITD districts can assess the areas. issues that could lead to road closures.

The database includes attributes to maintain the locations of MSE retaining walls and risk factors to assess the condition of the wall, as well as attributes for rockfall risk, so that ITD districts can assess the areas. issues that could lead to road closures.
The project was sponsored by the ITD Highways Division - Construction and Materials team and funded by the ITD Research Program.

The Idaho Geological Survey (IGS) helps the Idaho Department of Transportation (ITD) learn more about landslides in Gem State. A new statewide landslide and rockfall hazard inventory database released by the IGS in late June will help ITD, emergency managers and planners to forecast and mitigate risk by identifying problematic hot spots.

The project was sponsored by the ITD Highways Division – Construction and Materials team and funded by the ITD Research Program.

The inventory contains more than 2,400 landslide entries ranging from prehistoric events to active events. It is published on the IGS website and can be accessed through an interactive web map service.

The information has also been added to ITD’s ArcGIS Online IPLAN platform. The database includes attributes to maintain the locations of MSE retaining walls and risk factors to assess the condition of the wall, as well as attributes for rockfall risk, so that ITD districts can assess the areas. issues that could lead to road closures.

The data was compiled from historical records, information provided by ITD geotechnical staff and district geologists, unpublished IGS field observations, LiDAR image analyzes, remote sensing, Newly mapped satellite and landslide images.

“The study represents a live catalog of mass movements across the state with a particular focus on transport corridors and urban areas,” said Claudio Berti, state geologist and director of the IGS. “The database is a tool for documenting and assessing slope stability risks. It is not intended to predict future events, but to document known events and show large patterns of occurrence.”

This new database replaces the last inventory published in 1991, a static map that is no longer suitable for modern digital analyzes. The 2021 version will be kept updated as new events occur or new information becomes available.

Landslide problem areas in Idaho include: Bonners Ferry, Clearwater River Basin, Horseshoe Bend, Boise Foothills, Hagerman, US 95 between Pollock and Lucile, and US 26 between Swan Valley and the Wyoming border. The geological characteristics of the bedrock, fractures, systems, precipitation, regional hydrogeology, vegetation, forest fires and the inclination of the slopes of the hills are all factors contributing to the initiation and development of landslides. ground.

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An Austin developer got his site plan for office development approved at a recent city council meeting.

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Illustration of the feature: an artist rendered by Cornerstone Architects of the proposed office building.

Posted: 07/22/2021

by Art Benavidez

Bee Cave (Travis County) – An Austin developer had his site development plan approved for office development at a recent city council meeting.

A previous site plan, approved in 2018, expired in March due to lack of work on the site or an extension request, forcing DK Smerlin, LLC, the developer, to reapply.

The scope of the project for Juniper Traces Office remains the same. The concept is a two story office building with a driveway, detention area and 47 parking spaces on one acre lot. Associated infrastructure includes drainage, water quality controls, and other utility improvements.

This lot is located at the end of Juniper Trace, near the Primrose School at 3805 Juniper Trace in the northeast part of town.

The building footprint is 6,527 square feet and the gross floor area of ​​the building is 12,347 square feet.

The height of the structure varies slightly, ranging from 33 feet-6 inches to 35 feet. The roof system was designed to extend beyond the exterior walls to provide a canopy supported by steel bracing.

The building will be constructed with the following elements: stone, stucco, metal and glazing.

The project team consists of companies based in Austin, Engineer Murfee Engineering Company, Inc. and All Star Land Survey, and companies based in Bee Cave Cornerstone Architects and Schoenfelt Engineering, Inc.

VBX Project ID: 2021-551E

[email protected]

Development plans for former women’s prison site seek city approval

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Union Park Kingston development drawing. Image via Siderius Developments.

A new planned community, Union Park Kingston, has sought City Council approval to develop 40 Sir John A Macdonald Boulevard, the former location of the Prison for Women.

According to a statement from Siderius Developments Ltd., dated Tuesday, July 20, 2021, the $ 143 million development will include senior housing, residential condominiums and a hotel, and the proposal is being uploaded to the development. and the City of Kingston Services (DASH) Hub.

The proposed development has the potential to establish a cornerstone of the Portsmouth Village community, providing housing, employment, and neighborhood business and retail services that would allow seniors to age in place and create life-work-play-age opportunities, the developers said. Union Park’s overall vision, according to the release, is to create a compact, carefully designed community with a healthy mix of uses, pedestrian-friendly public spaces and context-sensitive buildings.

Requests to amend the official plan and zoning by-law, as well as a draft plan of subdivision have been submitted to the City of Kingston. These multiple requests require City Council approval, which will include public engagement. Submitting these nominations is just one of the first steps to take and, the developers said, Union Park looks forward to connecting with the community throughout the process.

The 8.1 acre property is located at 40 Sir John A Macdonald Boulevard. The property is bordered by Union Street to the north, Sir John A MacDonald Boulevard to the east, King Street to the south and the village of Portsmouth and the harbor to the west. It will be adjacent to Duncan McArthur Hall at Queen’s University and the Correctional Service of Canada Museum. The site was once home to the Prison for Women, which opened in 1934 and closed in 2000.

Union Park is located on the traditional territories of the Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee and Huron-Wendat. These lands are also now home to a diverse community of First Nations, Métis and Inuit. This recognition is a sign of recognition and respect for the Aboriginal people living in this region.

About the project

“Union Park Kingston will reinvent the potential of this site by creating a vibrant mixed-use neighborhood for the benefit of all of Portsmouth’s existing neighbors, Kingstonians in general and the hundreds of people who will live and work in Union Park,” said Nate Doornekamp with Siderius Developments. “The Former Women’s Prison is an important historic building that is functionally obsolete and has been on contaminated land for twenty-one years. We respect the history of this site and intend to develop it in a sensitive and responsible manner. The opportunity now exists to transform this property into a storefront that will enhance and add to our community for many years to come.

According to the statement, Union Park Kingston will rejuvenate a historic and significant property in the village of Portsmouth, close to downtown Kingston, Portsmouth Olympic Harbor, major roads, Queen’s University, St. Lawrence College and the hospital campuses, to name a few. The developers said the proposal would strike the right balance between providing much needed community services while respecting the history of the site and the region.

“Our plan leaves three-quarters of the land in open space, including public parks, footpaths, expansive yards, streets and sidewalks for the enjoyment of the public, including the most coveted part of the site with the best views. on the water, ”added Doornekamp. “We believe this plan is appropriate for the neighborhood in terms of scale and proposed mixed uses and will be a positive addition to the Village of Portsmouth. This proposal would provide the village with much needed housing, small retail and commercial services, parks and other benefits.

Project amenities

During the three planned phases, the development will include:

  • a community of continuum of care for the elderly,
  • residential condominium units,
  • hotel,
  • a park and a connecting path between Union Street and King Street,
  • a healing garden,
  • commercial space on the ground floor,
  • a public art wall, and, in the last phase,
  • a future mixed-use residential building.

“Our proposed retirement community offers seniors more than just a place to live – it gives them a place to enjoy life,” said Steve Strong, COO of Signature Retirement Living. “We want our residents to feel right at home, whether they are renting one of our fully self-contained apartments with a variety of age characteristics, or living in our full service retiree residence with a lifestyle all inclusive that has been designed to meet their needs. Needs. Our mission is to provide an enviable level of service in a positive, dynamic and caring environment that is as beautiful as it is welcoming.

Strong added, “We have enjoyed our experience building and managing our retirement residence in West Kingston. It has been well received by the community, and we are delighted with this opportunity to meet the housing and care needs of the elderly in downtown Kingston.

Union Park Kingston development drawing. Image via Siderius Developments.

Redevelopment process and considerations

The City’s review and approval process is expected to take a year. Meanwhile, Siderius will continue to engage with residents, landowners and neighboring businesses; heritage groups in the Kingston area; the Memorial Collective of the Prison for Women; and other community groups.

“As the current stewards of the property, we continue to listen to those who have had an experience at the Prison for Women to create a healing garden with their help and involvement,” Doornekamp added.

The Union Park Kingston team recognizes that this property has heritage attributes that must be fully considered as part of the development process. To this end, Siderius engaged two well-respected heritage consultants – John Stewart of Commonwealth Historic Resource Management and Barry Padolsky of Barry Padolsky and Associates – to develop a heritage strategy for the property and heritage impact statements for each building. , according to the press release. .

“This is a unique and special property, and everyone involved in the Union Park Kingston project wishes to respect and protect the heritage and history of the property,” said John Stewart. “We are working with Siderius and the City of Kingston to ensure that the plans meet the heritage objectives of the City, the requirements of the Ontario Heritage Act and the heritage requirements of Parks Canada.

A website,, and an electronic newsletter have been launched to provide information on Siderius’ plans and opportunities to provide feedback to the community.

Georgetown: MOB proposed by the developer of Austin

By Site development

Illustration of the functionality: an artist rendering of the MOB proposed by Moman Design.

Posted: 07/13/2021

by Art Benavidez

Georgetown (Williamson County) –An Austin developer must resubmit a site development plan for a medical office building, after the Planning and Zoning Commission found it not to comply with the city’s unified development code.

The 1.93 acre property has already been cleared and is ready to be built, according to Google Street View.

The site is located at 1340 West University Avenue in the western part of town.

The working title of the project is Georgetown health professional, however, artist renderings of the building and elevation drawings of the building refer to it as River Chase Medical Office Building and Leeman Plastic Surgery.

Practice Real Estate Group owns the property and has brought in architects from Round Rock Mom design aboard the project team.

The Austin office of Engineers Pape-Dawson, who also served as surveyors, released the following specifications:

  • 54.27% (45,843 SF) waterproof cover
  • 17,000 square foot building, with an average building height of 31 feet
  • Proposed 3,474 sq. Ft. Pond
  • 25 foot building setback and footbridge buffer yard
  • 15-foot side building and parking lot and buffer yard
  • 10 foot landscaped buffer

The construction elements will be in natural stone, stucco, glazing, as well as a flat roof with full parapet.

This is the fifth review of this request. The item was considered by the committee at their meetings on October 21, 2020, December 15, 2020, January 19 and April 6.

VBX Project ID: 2021-5141

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B&S Site Development Announces New Corporate Security Officer

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Provided by B&S Site Development

B&S Site Development from Bristow has welcomed Matthew York as the Corporate Security Officer. Mr. York will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the security department as well as the development, implementation and operationalization of security, health, environment and training programs.

He joined B&S Site Development from WM Schlosser where he held the positions of security engineer and security manager on several projects. WM Schlosser, in Hyattsville, Maryland, is a recognized leader in quality construction.

Mr. York brings over 15 years of field and safety management experience to OSHA, MSHA, EPA, DOT and BATF, with a primary focus on regulatory compliance. , accident investigation and the development of safety and training plans in various industries, including construction, mining and the military. .

He has worked with industry leaders like Direct Line Communications as a security manager working directly with Facebook during the construction of their new data center infrastructure and during existing infrastructure upgrades at Ashburn. . Mr. York also worked with Southwest Energy LLC, a leading drilling and blasting company in Tucson, Ariz., As regional manager of safety, health and environment and was instrumental in in the company’s transition to a behavior-based safety program.

“We are proud of our security record and understand the importance of security to our customers, employees, partners and the public,” said Chris Kete, CEO of B&S Site Development. “Matt is an exceptional addition to the Brown & Settle team and will guide our security program as our business grows as a trusted site development partner for the data center and other critical industries.

Founded in 2003 by Mike Brown and Tommy Settle, B&S Site Development LLC (B&S) is a full-service site development contractor based in Northern Virginia. Headquartered just outside of Washington, DC and directly in the Data Center Capital of the World, B&S specializes in large scale mission critical site development projects. Fueled by the recent injection of additional capital and enthusiastic business leadership from outside the industry, the story of B&S growth continues with an approach that is not limited by conventional outsourcing thinking.