Extreme Brownfield Makeovers: Florida’s Next Luxury Properties?

More and more cities can point to dramatic redevelopment success stories. You don’t have to look far to find accounts of old textile mills, urban warehouses, or abandoned heavy-industrial sites that have been transformed from rusty relics into popular, trendy loft apartments and retail spaces. Florida has many such properties just waiting to be turned… Read More...

What we gain from a storm

It’s amazing to consider that today (Sept 10) marks the two-year anniversary of Hurricane Irma’s landfall. Any of you who experienced IRMA remember the devastation vividly. Irma plowed into the Keys as a Category 4 hurricane (at that time, the first to hit our state in more than a decade). Then it churned up into… Read More...

The one place even conservative banks sometimes gamble dangerously.

In 1990, a major Florida bank was held liable for environmental issues discovered on a property they had financed—and for years to follow, the threat of lender liability hung over commercial real estate transactions throughout the state. Finally, in 1996, the legislature passed the Asset Conservation Act, which protected lenders from environmental liability with a… Read More...

ERMI Celebrates 20 Years of Assessment & Remediation in Florida

Cue the music: May 21, 2019, marks the 20th anniversary of ERMI’s founding. Back in 1999, our founder, Steve Hilfiker, started the company in a construction trailer in his back yard.  Steve had graduated with a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Florida, then worked nearly 10 years on the staff of… Read More...

Environmental Risk Management, Inc. (ERMI) celebrates first year of Tampa branch operations.

One year ago this week, we established our Tampa office to more effectively serve central Florida with locally-based engineering and technical personnel. The new Tampa site builds on ERMI’s two-decade-long history of helping Florida developers, lenders, property owners, and government agencies with assessment, testing, documentation and remediation services. “We’ve had a really good year with… Read More...