Former California nursery destined for housing project
A coalition of city, state and federal agencies are forming a partnership with private developers in Northern California to develop three former flower nurseries into a new housing development and open-space area. The project will create about 300 “green jobs” in construction and remediation in the San Francisco Bay area, according to the announcement.
The Miraflores project, located in Richmond, Calif., will include affordable senior apartments and new market-rate single-family homes. The open space will include creek restoration, an urban forest of trees and the preservation of historic structures, including greenhouses and homes dating back to the early 1900s.
Before construction begins, the site will require cleanup and revitalization of the Miraflores site, which is contaminated with pesticides and other chemicals like lead, benzene and perchloroethylene (PCE, a solvent). The U.S. EPA awarded the Richmond Community Redevelopment Agency three grants totaling $600,000 in 2006. The State of California’s Pollution Control Finance Agency also awarded $2.6 million to clean up the property, which is expected to be completed by the fall of 2011. It is anticipated that residents will move into the new housing community in 2014.
The state’s Strategic Growth Council (SGC) awarded a $1.66 million grant for the urban greening aspect of the project. More information about the partners involved can be found by clicking here.
PACOA hires Beaudoin as VP sales
Port Washington, N.Y.-based PACOA hired Michael Beaudoin as VP sales.
In his new position, Beaudoin will have responsibility for management of PACOA’s sales force, along with driving the future growth of PACOA and G-Force Brands.
Beaudoin brings more than 16 years of industry experience. He has held several positions with increasing responsibility throughout his career, starting with Harvey Gerstman Associates, The Flood Co. and his most recent position as director of sales for Sherwin-Williams Diversified Brands.
"We look forward to the leadership and energy Mike will bring to our team," the company said in a prepared statement.
PACOA, or Paint Applicator Corp. of America — is a leading wholesale distributor of paint, hardware, lumber, janitorial and building supplies to independent retail dealers in New York, Connecticut and New Jersey.
Commercial riding mowers recalled by Toro
The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a voluntary recall of certain Toro Z Master ZRT Mowers.
According to the CPSC: "Mowers with the optional deluxe seat have an operator presence switch built into the seat that may activate the mower when the operator vacates the seat, posing an injury hazard from the blade to the operator and anyone in the vicinity of the mower."
The recall affects some 3,700 units in the United States and another 100 in Canada. Only one injury has been reported.
The commercial machines with 52-in. to 72-in. cutting decks range in price from $13,000 to $17,000.