ReVenture Park Seeks Recycling and Alternative Energy Businesses

Charlotte, N.C., brownfield redevelopment site has nine buildings available for occupancy.

October 3, 2013
Waste Today Staff

Charlotte, N.C.-based Forsite Development has announced recent improvements at ReVenture Park aimed at attracting recycling businesses. ReVenture Park is a brownfield redevelopment of a 667-acre shuttered manufacturing complex in Charlotte to an “eco-industrial” park that is focused on attracting environmentally responsible businesses.

Forsite worked during the last year to complete the transformation of the existing buildings within ReVenture Park, including selective demolition and interior upgrades. The results have created nine buildings that are ready for occupancy ranging in size from 8,000 to 80,000 square feet. The goal with these improvements is to make the facilities attractive to new and emerging recycling projects as well as alternative fuels and renewable energy technologies.

The existing infrastructure at ReVenture Park is extensive including: more than 300,000 square feet of existing industrial space with heavy industrial zoning; 100 acres of outside storage; on-site waste water treatment, tank farms, process water plant, site-wide storm water management, truck scales, heavy electrical infrastructure, fully fenced, 24-hour security and numerous other features. Many of the buildings have significant clear spans, tall ceilings and floor drains throughout. The site also has a CSX rail spur with 36 railcar parking spots.

Low-cost heat and steam is another feature of ReVenture Park. Forsite is under construction on a 1.4-megawatt biomass combined heat and power (CHP) plant. The waste heat from the power plant can be made available to tenants as low-cost steam, hot water and hot air. The CHP project is forecast to be fully operational by early 2014.

ReVenture Park is designed with “industrial ecology” in mind where inputs and outputs are maximized between multiple businesses, the company says. Recognized as the largest project of its type in the United States, ReVenture Park provides a setting for startup recycling and related businesses and established companies looking to expand.