Nitro Industrial Area Riverfront Master Plan
SGA led the public involvement and redevelopment planning effort as part of a team of environmental, engineering and design consultants for this U.S. Environmental Protection Agency funded effort to remediate and redevelop a one mile+ long riverfront corridor of former industrial land that was originally created as a result of the outbreak of World War I. The United States Government started looking for a location to develop what would become the world’s largest gun powder plant and chose what would become Nitro. After the War, major companies such as the American Viscose Corporation produced more than 150 million pounds of rayon staple per year on the site. Today, Nitro is a place with limited chemical production, petroleum distribution and light industrial activities. Most of the area has been cleared of buildings and is just vacant land.
The Master Plan
Based on planning analysis and economic market analysis work performed by SGA, combined with planning and redevelopment goals defined through public outreach, a comprehensive master plan for the entire brownfields study area was developed. The master plan is not a literal representation of how the entire area will be developed, but instead, represents an idealized scenario that can be utilized to determine the elements which are most needed to promote and maximize the area’s overall redevelopment potential. Orienting new industrial development in a pattern that is perpendicular to the river allows for the maximum build-out potential while accommodating the feeder roadways, stormwater management corridors, and a public riverfront park. The industrial complex, which is being developed in partnership with several state and federal agencies will consist of a series of 500,000 sq. ft. LEED® certified warehousing buildings located around a new multi-modal rail freight transfer facility. Promoting the U.S. EPA’s new green building goal, the proposed project will include green roofs on industrial buildings and brownfields specific stormwater best management practices (BMPs) that will allow the complex to meet both the zero-infiltration requirements of the post-industrial soil remediation and closure permitting process mandated by the U.S. EPA, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and WV Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP), as well as the required stormwater BMPs that would otherwise be unachievable on a brownfields site, where water infiltration is undesirable.