23 Mar '12, 10am

How to turn shuttered suburban stores into sustainability showcases

How to turn shuttered suburban stores into sustainability showcases

"Pico Rivera Towne Center was a subsidized 'magic bullet' project that was cynically (or naively) conceived to fill municipal coffers with sales tax income while providing mostly low-wage jobs. It is now -- predictably, perhaps -- failing. "We considered how this site might be retrofitted once again, with more resiliency, by introducing a retooled model based on production, designed around training, employing, housing, and feeding a local labor force in need of skills and opportunities. We propose replacing surface parking with transit-served inclusionary infill housing and a day labor station. "We propose reusing big-box stores for vocational schools and training programs. We envision reinhabiting the massive warehouse buildings with green, clean energy R&D and local food-processing facilities serviced by spurs to the existing freight rail corridor. We also encourage grow...

Full article: http://www.greenbiz.com/blog/2012/03/23/how-turn-shuttere...

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