Rapid Revival: Re-imagining the Former Blandin Paper Mill through Sustainable Design Practices and Public Amenity Planning in Grand Rapids, Minnesota
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As technology progresses, more companies are choosing paperless practices. As this trend continues, numerous paper mills are beginning to shut down leaving behind ﬁrst rate spaces to be redeveloped. Problems we face with the turmoil of the closed down paper mills include polluted soil from the waste of making paper, water pollution from the same paper making process, and large structures left behind that need to be repurposed. Through sustainable landscape design and research concerning the pollutants that result from the paper making industry, these spaces that commonly line the water’s edge can be transformed into an environmentally friendly oasis for people, wildlife, and native vegetation. With these areas it is crucial to incorporate low impact designs near the water to protect the natural environment surrounding the site. While using SITES grading system as a basis for sustainable design, different sustainable practices will be considered for the best path to take in remediating and redeveloping paper mills. With the ﬁnding on what works best, an appropriate framework for redeveloping these sites can be made to propose the best options possible for future paper mill brownﬁelds.