ReVenture Park™ is an ambitious plan to transform a former 667 acre Superfund Site along the Catawba River in Charlotte, NC into the region’s largest Eco-Industrial Park. This project will create one of the most dynamic and multifaceted renewable energy developments currently being developed in the United States.
Featuring multiple clean-energy projects, ReVenture Park will advance the region’s environmental goals and economic growth by attracting a myriad of renewable energy and alternative fuel projects.
The Eco-Industrial Park is designed to leverage synergies between multiple sustainable components including a Waste-to-Energy power plant, solar fields, incubator labs, wastewater treatment and reuse, R&D facilities, and on-campus classrooms. When fully developed, ReVenture Park is estimated to generate over $900 million of new investment and create more than 1,100 “green collar” jobs.
The ReVenture Park site is a former textile dye manufacturing facility. The site’s extensive infrastructure makes it uniquely positioned for the creation of an Eco-Industrial Park with over 500,000 SF of existing industrial space, rail access and significant electrical inter-connectivity including multiple sub-stations and transmission lines throughout the property. Additionally, there is an existing 360-million gallon containment pond that offers remarkable potential for waste water reuse.
ReVenture Park has become a catalyst for attracting renewable energy companies and fostering new technologies in the Charlotte region. The team is in various stages of implementation on several key projects including:
- 4.5 net megawatt renewable combined heat and power plant including the ability to convert traditional waste into an engineered fuel.
- K-20 Learning Center – collaboration with multiple universities, public schools and community colleges to create the K-20 project. This local initiative will promote STEM, environmental stewardship and renewable energy curriculum through a series of learning laboratories, with the anchor project being at ReVenture Park in a donated 11,000 SF office building.
- A 4 +/- megawatt photovoltaic solar field
- A 12 million gallon per day regional wastewater treatment facility to be developed at ReVenture Park by Charlotte Mecklenburg Utilities (CMU) that will incorporate multiple “green” design components.
- The site has over 300,000 SF of existing industrial space, much of which will be redeveloped to create a green technology research laboratory and business incubator space in collaboration with UNC Charlotte.
- The development of a Bio-fuels production facility.
- A 177 acre conservation easement contributed to the Catawba Lands Conservancy that will include a connection of the Carolina Thread Trail to the U.S. National Whitewater Center.
- Energy crop research and demonstration project with up to 280 acres that could be dedicated to energy crops.
Environmental sensitivity is a core facet of ReVenture Park’s design, which includes expedited clean-up of the contaminated ground water, critical watershed and wetland area preservation, and enhanced wildlife habitat. ReVenture Park has been awarded a Wildlife And Industry Together Certification (W.A.I.T.) with the North Carolina Wildlife Federation that will incorporate multiple wildlife habitat enhancement projects.
ReVenture Park was the winner of the ‘2010 Business Innovation Award’ from the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association. The largest project of its type, the project has gained high profile visibility within the EPA, DOE, DOD, NC Department of Commerce and NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
The project is also poised to become a national model for innovative redevelopment of Brownfield industrial property, and it will serve as a template for other large projects that are similarly situated.
ReVenture Park is slated to be ready for development by Summer 2012.