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Converting Property from Agricultural to Residential

Converting Property from Agricultural to Residential

Farallon assists real estate developers in converting agricultural property to residential use

New clients trusted Farallon to coordinate remediation of soil contamination at a residential redevelopment property.

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Farallon is negotiating regulatory closure for a property with historical pesticide releases to soil, allowing the clients to redevelop the property as planned, with minimal exposure to potential future environmental liability.

Farallon was engaged to help a developer remediate contaminated soil at property formerly used as a plant container nursery. Farallon conducted an initial investigation to delineate the extent and magnitude of organochlorine pesticide contamination in shallow soil. The second phase of investigation, to verify that the contamination did not extend to wetland and riparian areas of the property, was performed concurrently with initial redevelopment earthwork and construction activities.

Farallon maintained close daily communication with contractors to ensure project success and resolve issues related to unanticipated and/or rapidly changing conditions on the property. Over 12 tons of pesticide-contaminated soil was excavated, hauled from the property, and disposed of at an approved facility, eliminating the future residents’ potential exposure to pesticides associated with the former use of the property.

“The challenges presented by rapidly changing Site conditions and construction schedules were overcome through clear and concise communication with the client, contractors, and Farallon personnel on a near daily basis,” said Project Hydrogeologist Paul Garvin, who managed the project. “Thanks to clear communication with regulatory agencies and extensive project documentation, Farallon project managers and field personnel have led the project on a clear path toward regulatory case closure for the client.”

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Construction Support

Our work is integrated with redevelopment design and construction at project sites that have involved deep excavations, steep slopes, and critical habitat areas. Our ability to conduct cleanup actions concurrently with redevelopment...

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Environmental Evaluation

Working closely with our clients, we tailor Environmental Evaluations to meet their goals and objectives. We develop limited due diligence scopes of work that provide detailed information about a property and the surrounding area. The...

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Permitting Assistance

We offer our clients assistance with permitting, successfully shepherding projects through often-complex processes. Permitting can range from simple, over-the-counter permits to multi-step and multi-jurisdictional requirements. Mapping...

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Phase I Environmental Site Assessments

A defensible Phase I ESA is an indispensable element of thorough due diligence. Particularly in light of the All Appropriate Inquiries (AAI) Final Rule, knowing and fulfilling the criteria for protection from liability can avert...

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Phase II Subsurface Investigations

We conduct thorough evaluations of subsurface conditions of every property to identify environmental liabilities, including potential contaminants from adjacent properties. We consistently demonstrate proficiency in assessing and...

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Regulatory Strategy and Cleanup Goal Development

To help our clients meet their project goals, we put our regulatory expertise to work to develop and implement practical, strategic solutions to a wide variety of local, state, and federal environmental regulatory issues. We are proud of...

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headshot of Craig Ware Craig Ware Principal Hydrogeologist, Oregon Operations Manager

Craig has 30 years of experience in providing consulting services to clients on the West Coast and nationally for acquisition, cleanup, reclamation, and redevelopment projects. His expertise includes...

headshot of Mark Havighorst Mark Havighorst Principal Engineer, Portland Office Manager

Mark has 20 years of experience providing consulting services for projects involving property acquisition, cleanup, redevelopment, and compliance. He has worked with clients in wood products, high-tech,...

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