Icke Landfill/Novation Technology Campus Brownfield Redevelopment


2524-2642 Rimrock Road, Madison, Wisconsin

The Town of Madison was selected to receive a brownfields assessment grant and a revolving loan fund grant. The Town is a community of 6,975 in Dane County, Wisconsin. A portion of a 70-acre site, formerly occupied by two landfills, has already been redeveloped as a technology campus.

Scott Wilson
Vice President Ayres Associates

1. Please provide a brief overview of the project.

Goal of the Project.
The Town of Madison was selected to receive a brownfields assessment grant and a revolving loan fund grant. The Town is a community of 6,975 in Dane County, Wisconsin. A portion of a 70-acre site, formerly occupied by two landfills, has already been redeveloped as a technology campus. The developer (The Alexander Company) has retained or optioned the remaining parcels and added them to the technology park; environmental assessments have been performed on most, but not all, of the properties to date. Because the target sites were used as landfills and have known environmental contamination, the developer required extensive environmental testing before purchasing and redeveloping the parcels comprising many of the 70 acres. A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Brownfield Assessment Grant provided money to perform environmental investigations at the target sites in preparation for their expected purchase and reuse. The Town of Madison and The Alexander Company used the funds to remediate parcels in south Madison, an area that has suffered from significant distress. The Town hopes that redevelopment in this area will bring greater opportunities for the people living in south Madison.

Location of Site.
From farming to business innovation, the Town of Madison's Icke Landfill site has been at the center of activity for more than half a century. One of the last major undeveloped parcels close to the City of Madison's Beltline Highway (the heavily used highway running along Madison's south side), the Icke Landfill's prime access allows for quick travel time to the east and west sides of town. These and many other assets led to the cleanup of this former farm-turned-landfill and transformed it into a unique business redevelopment and training center. The Town of Madison was awarded an EPA Brownfields Hazardous Substance Site Assessment Grant to investigate this area and to prepare a remediation plan to address any identified contaminants to allow for planned redevelopment.

Former Use of Site.
Like most of the land in the area before 1970, the Icke Landfill property was initially used for farmland. From the 1970s through the 1980s, the site was slowly transformed into a disposal area for demolition debris, soil material, and fly ash from the City power plants. This area of the Town of Madison, part of which was formerly occupied by two landfills, has a long history of industrial and commercial activities that may have caused environmental contamination to soil and groundwater. Potential contaminant sources within this redevelopment area include fly ash landfills, dry cleaners, service stations, auto repair facilities, a printing shop, a manufactured gas waste disposal area, and a trucking firm. The development area is adjacent to a residential area, and because of soil contamination from the fly ash and construction debris found in the landfill, any cleanup activities needed to address public health concerns at the property. The fly ash was found to contain cadmium, lead, and mercury. In 2000 the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) Waste Program granted the developer involved in the redevelopment, The Alexander Company, an exemption to build on the property where solid waste was disposed.

Actual End Use of Site.
The Novation Technology Campus combines smart growth development practices for transportation, energy efficiency, and construction with inspired designs for an overall positive environmental impact. A common theme of connectivity resonates throughout the campus, as evidenced by the effort to incorporate the surrounding neighborhoods and establish an entirely connected campus via bike trails, pedestrian walkways, and the Novation Parkway, the main through roadway within the campus. Approximately one third complete, the Novation campus will contain 1,200,000 square feet of Class "A" office, hotel, retail, flex, and light industrial space. Upon completion, the projected project costs will exceed $180 million. Tenants in the recently completed 400,000-square-foot space include Summit Credit Union; offices for Meriter Health Services; Zimbrick BMW, Porsche, Audi, and Mercedes Benz; ShopBop.com, a subsidiary of Amazon.com; Cardinal Health; and a variety of other businesses. The Icke Landfill property with adjacent redevelopment is valued at approximately $60 million. The Town of Madison has already gained approximately 1,200 additional jobs with the first phase of the Novation campus development.

Date of Completion.
Brownfield remediation was completed in October 2010. The development of the Novation campus is approximately one-third complete, and development is ongoing.

Company:
Ayres Associates,
1802 Pankratz Street, Madison, Wisconsin

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