About Laura Eosso

“When your work speaks for itself, don't interrupt.” Henry J. Kaiser
Laura has a M.S. in Environmental Science from Drexel University and a B.S. in Biology with minor in Chemistry from Gordon College, where she spent a semester abroad in Lithuania. Since joining REPSG in 2007, Laura has been hoping that we would open an Eastern European Branch. When she’s not subtly dropping hints about satellite offices, Laura manages Phase I Environmental Site Assessments, Compliance Audits, HUD Form 4128 and State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) submittals, and historic records searches in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Virginia.

The Journey of Redevelopment: an REPSG Photo Log

As a child, I used to work on family genealogy with my dad. We spent countless Saturdays pouring over ship manifests and other old records looking for any information about our ancestors. I was fascinated with all the old documents and photos that told the story of our family’s journey. Years later, working as part of REPSG’s Phase I team, I was explaining my work to my dad. He listened carefully and responded, “So it sounds to me like you’re doing genealogy, just on property instead of people.” I had never thought of my work that way before, but I liked the analogy.

At REPSG, we do a lot of historical research. We want to understand as much as we can about the history of a property in order to inform its future transformations. Some of our projects are short term, some we get to participate in through the course of redevelopment, and some are sites that just keep coming back. It’s fascinating to see what these properties become – old factories turned into thriving community centers, forgotten land redeveloped as affordable housing, or buildings whose future is in limbo and who are left to decay.

I thought it would be interesting to share some photos of the “journeys” of some of our sites.  Click through each set of photos below to see the amazing transformations!

From empty row-homes to state-of-the-art senior housing

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 A major industrial facility redeveloped into homes. In my early days with REPSG, I spent weeks at this site overseeing the volumes of trucks hauling soil on and off site. It was great to be able to see the project evolve, and REPSG was invited to take company tour of the model home!

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Sometimes we visit sites multiple times over the years, and one particular site comes to mind. REPSG has watched this building change over time as it waits for a new life. These photos remind me a bit of the decay you see on the Titanic.

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 REPSG frequently works with community revitalization organizations. I always enjoy working with these types of clients who have such a vision for what a site or even neighborhood can be. This old factory and warehouse is, piece by piece, being renovated to house community offices and a charter school.

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 Another developer client of ours had the vision to turn this piece of vacant urban land into a vibrant senior housing community. This site was also the site of a former industrial facility that had long ago been demolished.

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Do you own a site or have your eye on one for reuse or redevelopment? REPSG would love to be a part of the next phase of your property’s journey of transformation.  Contact us to see how we can best partner with you to define the next generation of your site.

Reviewing the ASTM Phase I ESA Standard

ASTM LogoThe American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) is a standards organization headquartered right outside of Philadelphia in Conshohocken, PA. ASTM publishes technical standards for a range of products, materials, and services. REPSG conducts our famous Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) in accordance with the ASTM Phase I Standard entitled “Standard Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Process.” This standard is commonly referenced as E 1527.

ASTM E 1527 was last revised in 2005, when the United State Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) released the ‘All Appropriate Inquiries Rule’. According to the ASTM by laws, standards must be updated at least every eight years, and beginning last fall, an ASTM Task Group has been meeting to once again review the text of E 1527. Revisions to the standard have been proposed that would strengthen and clarify the requirements of E 1527.

Some of the key proposed updates to E 1527 were highlighted by Environmental Data Resources (EDR). Three of the proposed revisions include:

  • Introduction of the term “Controlled Recognized Environmental Condition.” Past soil and/or groundwater contamination which had been remediated would be classified as a CREC. This designation will be addition to recognized environmental conditions (RECs) and historical recognized environmental conditions (hRECs).
  • Expanded discussion on how vapor encroachment should be addressed in a Phase I ESA. In the new E 1527 draft, a vapor plume is proposed to be treated as any other source of contamination. (ASTM published a vapor encroachment standard in 2010 entitled “Standard Guide for Vapor Encroachment on Property Involved in Real Estate Transactions” E 2600-10. Stay tuned for upcoming blog posts about vapor!)
  • Clarification about when regulatory file reviews need to be completed during the course of a Phase I ESA.

The ASTM Task Group is anticipated to publish the updated E 1527 in 2013, but the standard will have to be approved by the USEPA.

As E 1527 evolves, REPSG will continue to provide the most current, highest quality reporting to its clients. If you have any questions about what these updates will mean for you and your property, drop us a line! Each of us on the Phase I team have copies of E 1527 and E 2600 within arms’ reach (and no, I’m not kidding!)