By Elizabeth Brewster
Assistant executive director, Redevelopment Authority for the city of Milwaukee, Wis.
With work on more than 100 brownfield redevelopment projects under his belt, David Misky says balancing the interests of everyone involved with a site is both his greatest challenge and his favorite part of the job. (See the Renewal Awards feature story that details the acclaimed and award-winning Menomonee Valley project.)
“I’m dealing with any number of different people on any given day—architects, lawyers, consultants, regulators, engineers, politicians,” he says. “We have created a brownfield team here in Milwaukee . . . that has been very aggressive and successful in obtaining funding from state and federal governments. But we have a need [for brownfield development] because we have a lot of underutilized and vacant properties. This is a city that was based on foundries, breweries and other manufacturing businesses.”
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