Kent Central - Birmingham Steel Redevelopment

Floyd|Snider assisted O’Keefe-Lee Development and Benaroya Capital Company to determine the feasibility of redeveloping a 35-acre site in Kent for industrial warehousing facilities. The site was formerly used as an auto-body scraping, slag processing, and steel mill facility. Contaminants associated with previous site operations had impacted the site, resulting in the site lying idle for several years. Floyd|Snider conducted initial environmental and geotechnical field investigations and preliminary agency negotiations to identify optimal cleanup scenarios and costs to assist the client with producing a redevelopment plan for the site.

Following a decision to move forward with this classic Brownfields project, Floyd|Snider conducted a series of interim remedial actions to eliminate contaminant hot spots and negotiated a Cleanup Action Plan and Consent Decree between the site owner and the Washington State Department of Ecology detailing requirements for future facility paving, stormwater management, and groundwater monitoring to meet final cleanup goals. Additionally, Floyd|Snider assisted the owner by managing all environmental aspects of the process, including obtaining a determination of non-significance under the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) for the planned site redevelopment and disposing of hazardous and listed wastes during building demolitions and site remediation.

Final costs related to environmental aspects of site redevelopment were less than half of those estimated by the former site owner’s environmental consultant. Additionally, successful negotiation of the site-specific Consent Decree capped future liability and greatly improved marketability of the developed site. Impressively, within 8 months of the initial investigation assessment, site cleanup activities were complete and building construction had commenced. In 1999, this project was awarded Industrial Development of the Year by the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties.

The property has undergone significant modifications in  recent years as the tenants and owners have changed from Eagle Hardware to Lowe’s to Webvan (the owner of As these changes have occurred, the property has increased its economic value, even though it contains residual contamination. The increase of its economic value is due in large part to the redevelopment-friendly language in the Restrictive Covenant for the property and the pre-negotiated construction management plan for maintenance of the final remedy. Floyd|Snider was instrumental in the conceptualization and implementation of these documentsdocuments that have now stood the test of time and use, and serve as powerful tools during construction and permitting of site improvements.


  • Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study
  • Agency Coordination and Negotiation
  • Permitting Assistance
  • Brownfields Redevelopment

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