Connecticut Brownfield Land Bank
100 Pearl St, 14th floor
Hartford CT 06103
Contact Information
Address 100 Pearl St, 14th floor
Hartford, CT 06103-
Telephone (860) 249-7258 x
E-mail abogen@ctblb.com
Web and Social Media
Mission
The primary purpose is the education of government officials, community leaders, economic development agencies and nonprofit organizations on best practices of redeveloping brownfield sites, which would be beneficial to the community.
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 2014
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Arthur Bogen
Board Chair Sheila O’Malley
Board Chair Company Affiliation Ansonia City Hall
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years
Statements
Mission The primary purpose is the education of government officials, community leaders, economic development agencies and nonprofit organizations on best practices of redeveloping brownfield sites, which would be beneficial to the community.
Background

The CTBLB was approved as a 501 c 3 in 2014. Brownfields are places that have been abandoned or underused because of suspected or known environmental issues. The Connecticut Brownfield Land Bank, Inc. (CBLB) is dedicated to resolving the issues that have kept certain brownfields sites in Connecticut from being remediated and redeveloped. These sites have conditions that have proved intractable to the established real estate marketplace and public funding. Some have sat for more than half a century with ongoing terrifying sources of human health risk and continuing ecological degradation. The CBLB will support the municipal and nonprofit efforts to aggregate private and public investment to cleanup and reuse these sites. The financial returns will be realized over terms longer than traditional market timelines. Pay for success investment in jobs programs and tax increment financing will help underwrite the reclamation. The CBLB will work with municipalities, the State of Connecticut, community stakeholders, social investors and developers to create the processes that will foster successful projects. The Land Bank is working with a number of municipalities, the State of Connecticut and the US EPA to realize these objectives.

Impact

1.      Signing of contract with City of Ansonia for consulting services regarding 53 acres of brownfields downtown

2.      Signing of contract with Town of Southington for consulting services on abandoned, downtown manufacturing site

3.      Preparation of draft legislation that will provide Land Banks with the same liability protection and brownfield funding opportunities as municipalities; related discussions with CT DECD, DEEP and EPA

Needs

1. Funding for educational outreach activities

2. Development of capital campaign materials
 
3. Assistance with web site upgrade to accept donations and to connect with social media
 
4. Funding to establish a revolving loan fund investors for site cleanups
 
5. Pro bono services from Licensed Environmental Professionals
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Environment / Alliances & Advocacy
Secondary Organization Category Public & Societal Benefit / Alliances & Advocacy
Tertiary Organization Category Community Improvement, Capacity Building /
Areas Served
Woodbridge
Other
Ansonia
Bethany
Branford
Cheshire
Derby
East Haven
Guilford
Hamden
Lower Naugatuck Valley
Madison
Milford
New Haven
North Branford
North Haven
Orange
Oxford
Seymour
Shelton
Shoreline
State wide
Wallingford
West Haven
The Land Bank serves the entire State of Connecticut with initial concentration in the municipalities of the Naugatuck River Valley.
Programs
Description

CEO meets with community groups and other stakeholders to discuss issues surrounding brownfield sites. Topics include review of types of contamination, human health and ecological concerns, liabilities, funding programs, analysis of reuse potentials, stakeholder participation, public resources. Services are provided free of charge.

Population Served / /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.

Because the Land Bank is new, there are no long term successes. However, we anticipate having blighted sites returned into long term productive reuse.

Description

Land Bank CEO meets with municipal staff to discuss assets and deficits of a site or sites. Data is developed and placed in a proprietary matrix form. A narrative analysis is created that clarifies resources to target. Service is fee based. Initial discussions are provided without charge.

Population Served / /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Description

Municipality engages Land Bank to secure funding to address environmental data gaps, cleanup resources, and acceptance into a liability relief program and/or public procurement of site developer. Service is fee based.

Population Served / /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Description A number of conditions must be satisfied for the Land Bank to enter into a contract to manage the cleanup of a site. Among these conditions are:
• engagement of a Licensed Environmental Professional to manage and conduct the technical tasks and regulatory aspects of environmental matters
• definition of regulatory compliance program with CT DEEP and EPA as required
• agreements in place for funding the cleanup
• contract regarding redevelopment between municipality and RFP selected developer that includes proof of financing capacity
• indemnification provisions
Population Served / /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service. We count the following as short term successes:
• Contract with City of Ansonia to work on strategy, liability relief and funding for 52 acres in the downtown.
• Contract with the Town of Southington to work on resource development and liability relief for the former Beaton and Corbin manufacturing site.
• Draft legislation to make land banks in Connecticut eligible for funding and the same liability relief programs available to municipalities. We are working with many stakeholders to have this legislation brought forward this term.
• Meeting with a number of municipalities to discuss possible Land Bank assistance.
Description • The Land Bank sets up a separate Limited Liability Corporation to accept the site in a manner acceptable to counsel
• Contract to transfer remediated site either to municipality or developer
• Presence of all elements in program 4 above
Population Served / /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.

The initial focus was outreach to municipal state and EPA Region 1 staff to discuss the concept of the Land Bank as a critical tool for brownfield redevelopment. That outreach has resulted in two contracts, the request for a proposal for a third and discussions about other potential site assistance. If the proposed legislation is passed, it will also be a success story.

CEO/Executive Director
Arthur Bogen
Term Start Jan 2014
Email abogen@ctblb.com
Experience Mr. Bogen founded the Land Bank to address gaps in the reclamation of brownfield sites. Hundreds of contaminated sites remain abandoned due to municipal liability concerns and lack of management capacity. The Land Bank provides resources to municipalities to reinvigorate these sites so that taxes and jobs are created and ecological and human health environmental exposures are resolved. Mr. Bogen also owns Down To Earth, LLC, an environmental strategy consulting company. Successes include arranging more than $16,300,000 grant funding, strategic consultation on over $20,000,000 of environmental cleanup projects, facilitation for more than 150 Brownfields assessment and community relations and educational outreach projects. He also serves part time as the Environmental Planner for the Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments. 
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 1
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 2
Number of Contract Staff 2
Staff Retention Rate 100%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 1 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 0
Unspecified 1
Board Chair
Sheila O’Malley
Company Affiliation Ansonia City Hall
Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2016
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Cathy Awwad
Joseph Carbone
Tim Carr
Toni Hirst
Todd Montello
Ron Pugliese
William Purcell
Elizabeth Stocker
Kevin Taylor
Erin Wilson
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 5
Governance
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Board Co-Chair
Todd Montello Montello
Company Affiliation Waterbury Development Corporation
Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2016
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2016
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2016
Projected Revenue $60,000.00
Projected Expenses $34,628.00
Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
Documents
IRS Letter of Exemption
IRS Letter
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense------
Administration Expense$2,405----
Fundraising Expense------
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.46----
Program Expense/Total Expenses0%----
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%--
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$15,595$14,500--
Current Assets$15,595$14,500--
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets$15,595$14,500--
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountMatthies Foundation $3,500The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven $14,500--
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- ----
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- ----
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%--
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Capital Campaign PurposeHelpCapital Campaigns are defined as a fundraising efforts over-and-above an organization's annual operating budget. Campaigns might include the purchase of land or a building, major renovations, and major equipment purchases. Endowment campaigns may also be included if the funds are legally restricted. The purpose of the campaign is to develop a Revolving Loan Fund to support the redevelopment of blighted brownfield sites and to provide no interest loans and grants to assess and cleanup Brownfield sites
Goal $500,000.00
Dates June 2016 to Jan 2018
Comments
CEO Comments This fiscal year there is a balance of $25,372.  We plan on using $10,000 for legal services to prepare project management agreements. The remaining balance will be for staff time.
Foundation Staff Comments

This profile, including the financial summaries prepared and submitted by the organization based on its own independent and/or internal audit processes and regulatory submissions, has been read by The Community Foundation.  Financial information is input by Foundation staff directly from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved by the nonprofit’s board. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. The Community Foundation requires three years of financial information from the nonprofit organization; however, this requirement may not be available for some organizations due to their more recent incorporation or formation. The Community Foundation is continuing to receive information submitted by the organization and may periodically update the organization’s profile to reflect the most current financial and other information available. The organization has completed the fields required by The Community Foundation and updated their profile in the last year. To see if the organization has received a competitive grant from The Community Foundation in the last five years, please go to the General Information Tab of the profile.

Address 100 Pearl St, 14th floor
Hartford, CT 06103
Primary Phone 860 249-7258
Contact Email abogen@ctblb.com
CEO/Executive Director Arthur Bogen
Board Chair Sheila O’Malley
Board Chair Company Affiliation Ansonia City Hall

 

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