Apr 13, 2011

April 13, 2011 – Foxhole landfill may get more waste

$15 million approved for possible expansion The Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners has approved spending $15 million to expand the Foxhole landfill and taken a step to reclassify waste allowed at that facility. The board, in several 8-1 votes, agreed last week to allow ReVenture Park, a waste-toenergy facility, to name the county-owned landfill as a disposal option for its ash and unburnable wastes.

ReVenture plans to build a 667-acre, $160 million, 20-megawatt power plant in northwest Charlotte that would take the county’s trash and use it to produce electricity. That electricity would likely be sold to Duke Energy.

Foxhole, a 40-acre site along U.S. 521 at Mecklenburg County’s border with Lancaster and Union counties, currently holds construction waste and debris and has facilities to receive recyclable materials.

Mecklenburg County now sends about 370,000 tons of residential garbage to a privately owned landfill in Cabarrus County each year. That 370,000 tons is comprised of garbage citizens collect in their large trashcans and leave at the road for pickup. It also includes the bulk waste left for roadside pickup, such as furniture.

But Mecklenburg County’s contract with the landfill in Cabarrus County expires in July 2012.

If the ReVenture project is approved at all levels, it will take all of the 370,000 tons of residential garbage from Mecklenburg County, as well as commercial waste from private vendors.

Cary Saul, director of the county’s Land Use and Environmental Services Agency, says ReVenture can take in a maximum of about 560,000 tons of residential and commercial waste annually.

Saul said the proposed ReVenture waste-to-energy process would go like this: All of the waste is taken to the ReVenture processing facility, where it’s sorted. Recycleables that were put in the trash are separated from the waste and the waste that cannot be converted into energy is separated. Then the waste that can be converted to energy is taken to the gassification plant where it’s used to generate electricity. This process will yield a small percentage of ash and charred material.

“Of every ton that comes in, 78 percent will be diverted through either recycling or energy production,” said Saul. “Twenty-two percent of that material would end up in a landfill.”

Given the board’s vote last Tuesday, that landfill could be Foxhole.

Of the 22 percent of the total trash that ends up in the landfill, 15 percent would be trash that cannot be processed and about 7 percent would be ash.

ReVenture says they’re also looking for beneficial uses for the ash, says Saul, so there might be an alternative to sending it to a landfill.

For the ReVenture project to proceed, it needs a state solid-waste permit – one that can only be issued if there’s a disposal option listed on the application.

But the current Foxhole landfill isn’t large enough to sustain the added solid waste from ReVenture. That’s why the board voted for the $15 million, 34-acre expansion.

Saul added that Foxhole would need to be expanded anyway because it only has about another year of space for construction waste and debris alone.

However, just because ReVenture lists Foxhole as a potential site on its application, doesn’t guarantee that the landfill will be ReVenture’s designated solid-waste disposal site, Saul said.

In order to take its residue to Foxhole landfill, ReVenture will have to come back with a formal contract that will be considered by commissioners and other boards.

“I’m not asking you to support the ReVenture project or approve the ReVenture project tonight. I’m asking you not to kill it,” Saul told the board at the April 5 meeting. The lone dissenting vote came from Commissioner Bill James, who represents the Ballantyne area and much of south Charlotte.

James said he didn’t want to vote for something he didn’t feel the board had completely reviewed. He said he’s not opposed to the county having options but wants to get more information.

James would like to see ReVenture work out a deal with the privately owned landfill in Cabarrus County, so as to keep the solid waste – and with it the trucks, traffic, smell and noise – from the area around Foxhole.

Foxhole’s historyFoxhole’s history is a bumpy one.

Mecklenburg County first announced plans for the Foxhole facility in 1983 and began trying to get permits. By 1985, the South Mecklenburg Environmental Land Lovers (SMELL) had begun fighting the landfill. Around 1993, SMELL was replaced by Group Responsible for a Clean Environment (GRACE), led by Peggy Beck, who lives a halfmile from the landfill site.

In 1998, there was a “Stop the Landfill” campaign, and GRACE leaders went to Raleigh to work with state regulators to oppose Foxhole being used as a “regular landfill” for solid-waste.

The net effect of the campaign was a legal agreement between the county and GRACE that only allowed construction and demolition debris at Foxhole landfill, which opened in 2000.

That means “no birds, no smell, no vermin,” said James. The stipulation in the GRACE agreement that allowed only construction and demolition debris officially ended in June 2007, and the county is no longer legally bound to keep municipal solid waste from the landfill.

However, the agreement said that after June 2007, the county would continue to work on long-term, cost-effective alternatives for municipal solid waste disposal through the private sector.

James, who has represented the county’s District 6 since 1996, was involved with the agreement brokered between GRACE and Mecklenburg County. Soon after Foxhole opened in 2000, the Foxhole Advisory Committee was created with Peggy Beck at the helm. The committee, made up of residents living near the landfill or those who have experience with landfills, was to meet quarterly with county staff to discuss anything that would change the status quo of the site.

When the board voted last Tuesday, county staff had not yet discussed the options with the Foxhole Advisory Committee, which is why James voted against it, he said. “It’s a sign of incredible bad faith to go through a whole legal process, involve the people in Raleigh, reach a conclusion and say that you’re not going to do something without discussion, and at the last minute, drop this thing,” said James. “I called foul on that. It’s unfair to the residents of Ballantyne.”

Tim Blue, the assistant pastor of Independent Bible Baptist Church, which backs up to Foxhole, wasn’t aware of the board’s recent vote. He said other than some flat tires every now and then (from nails headed to the construction debris landfill), they hardly notice the landfill is there.

“They do a good job of making sure they keep it clean and under control,” said Blue. But Blue said adding solid waste to the landfill would completely change the equation. Thirty-seven-year-old Richard Carn, his wife, Bahaiyyih, and their two children moved to Southampton Commons from near Santa Barbara, Calif. The couple’s 6-year-old daughter attends Elon Park Elementary, which abuts Foxhole.

Richard Carn said the landfill wasn’t even a consideration when they bought their house and the idea of it has never bothered them.

Carn said there were landfill issues where he lived in California – people were really concerned when the city stopped shipping its waste to landfills in Los Angeles and built a local landfill.

But Carn said it eventually blew over. The city built homes and a golf course around the landfill. There were some discussions about methane in the air, “and there was that little bit of stench,” he said. But because it was a source of constant observation from the community and government, it was kept under control.

However, Carn said changes to Foxhole would definitely have an impact on the area. “(If) they add debris from the trash that would definitely change things,” he said. Saul said representatives from the county’s solid-waste department will discuss all the options with the Foxhole Advisory Committee at its next meeting, April 25.

“So far, all these years, it’s been a great arrangement. Why change it?” said Beck. “I’m looking forward to meeting in a couple of weeks to hear what they have to say.”

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Adam Rickel

Vice President of Origination

Adam is currently the Vice President of Origination for Forsite Renewables. Adam joined Forsite in February 2024 after serving as Vice President, Strategic Accounts for FTC Solar, a global solar tracker and software provider. While at FTC he focused on engaging developers and asset owners across North America to form supply partnerships via volume supply agreements. Prior to FTC, Adam spent 15 years at NextEra Energy Resources, largely concentrating on renewable energy development and contract origination.

While at NextEra, Adam carried out early and late-stage wind development tasks, leading or directly participating in over 700 MW of wind energy development and construction in Texas and Ontario as well as advancing wind project development at sites across the Midwest US and Atlantic Canada. In his Origination function, Adam originated over 3,600 MW of renewables and/or battery storage Power Purchase and Build Transfer Agreements representing approximately $4.5B of capital deployed. He was also responsible for building out a greenfield transmission development team focused on high-voltage, cross-state transmission projects to unlock broad access to renewable energy nationwide.

 Adam graduated from the University of Florida with a BA in Economics and minors in Business Administration and Entrepreneurship.

Gary Greene

Project Manager

Gary, joined the Forsite team in 2021 as Project Manager after 35 years of industrial construction and manufacturing experience. During his manufacturing career, Gary had a multitude of roles–starting in production and quality control, moving onto plant site utilities and finishing in maintenance.
 
As the plant maintenance manager, Gary coordinated maintenance and electrical teams to ensure that all plant operations and goals were achieved. Gary is responsible for Site and Project Management at one of Forsite’s largest industrial properties.

Bill Abraczinskas

Director of Environmental

Prior to joining Forsite, Bill spent 30 years in global environmental engineering firms prior to creating his own business to provide environmental consulting and engineering services to the industrial and commercial markets.
 
His background is in large-scale civil remediation projects involving design/build, earthwork, in-situ remediation, pump and treatment systems, demolition, thermal incineration, facility rehabilitation, and wetlands restoration. Bill’s strengths include guiding clients through compliance with regulatory agencies. Bill is currently shepparding one of Forsite’s largest Risk Transfer projects through demolition and remediation in order to be repurposed to Forsite’s needs.

Gerald Stroner

Facilities Manager

Gerry joined the Forsite team in 2017 as Facilities Manager at ReVenture Park in Charlotte, NC. Gerry supervises repair and upkeep of all buildings, equipment and vehicles, grounds maintenance and heavy equipment operations.
 
He also provides facilities management at our Edge Water Treating waste water treatment facility in Salisbury, NC.

Gerry is currently pursuing waste water operator credentials, and is developing drone photography services for Forsite.

A native of Big Bear Lake, California, Gerry is an army veteran with 11 years construction experience in earthquake country. He now lives in Huntersville NC.

Greg Coleman

Principal

Greg represents the perfect blend of mechanical practical ability and theoretical engineering acumen. A native of Northern Australia, Greg was compelled to hone his mechanical skills keeping farm equipment operational in harsh conditions.
 
Additionally, this mechanical ingenuity led Greg to study Engineering and pursue a career in the consulting business with companies such as URS and Geosyntec. Greg is the Technical Director for all of Forsite’s endeavors including power, wastewater, construction, decommissioning, demolition and environmental liability projects.

Bobby Glidewell

Staff Landman

Bobby Glidewell is a senior member of our land team responsible for the land acquisition of our projects. Bobby has over 30 years of experience in land management.
 
Prior to Forsite, Bobby worked for a Fortune 200 energy company as a Lead Land Services Representative. Bobby has also held senior land roles with numerous energy companies where he was able to manage the land efforts of natural gas projects. Bobby holds a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management from John Brown University. Bobby resides in Northwest Arkansas.

Drew Connors

Development Manager

Drew Connors is a member of our development team responsible for the research of new sites along with assisting with solar and battery storage development and engineering. Drew comes from a commercial construction background, where he was managing new build and renovation projects for clients in the financial services industry.
 
Drew studied at The University of Alabama in the pursuit of a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He then stayed at Alabama to pursue further studies in business and energy systems and received a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering as well.

Marijon Owens

Project Developer

MariJon (“MJ”) recently moved over to Forsite Renewables from Forsite’s risk transfer division. MJ is supporting the development of later-stage projects as they progress toward the start of construction. She brings a keen attention to detail and project management expertise to these projects, overseeing some critical path processes to ensure the projects are completed on time and under budget.
 
Prior roles at Forsite include Risk Transfer Project Manager responsible for supervising the demolition and remediation of a chemical facility site and operations manager of Forsite’s Clean Energy renewable natural gas facility at ReVenture Park. Additionally, MJ has served as project manager, logistics coordinator, risk manager, safety officer and quality proponent at various Forsite locations. MJ was raised on a farm in eastern North Carolina and studied in NC, TX and the UK, graduating with a BA in 1991.

Ann Haney

Director of Real Estate

Ann oversees the title and survey process and manages all land contracts. Prior to joining Forsite, she worked as a Real Estate Manager for solar development projects and a title analyst for wind development.
 
Prior to her energy career, she has 20 years of experience as a practicing attorney. Ann has a JD from Boston College.

Mark Albert

Senior Director of Development

Mark Albert is a senior member of our development team responsible for battery storage, engineering, and business development. Mark has more than 25 years of renewable energy sales and development experience.
 
Prior to Forsite, Mark was Vice President of Business Development for an international battery company where he was responsible for all sales and marketing, technical assessments, system modelling, and preliminary project designs for the company’s utility scale battery storage business. Prior to that, Mark served as Vice President of Development for a geothermal energy development firm where he was instrumental in the company’s growth over his 17 years there, negotiating and executing PPAs totalling $2 billion in revenues. Mark earned a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Washington University.

Scott Donaubauer

Director of Solar + Storage Development

Scott has over 15 years of experience in the power and industrial sectors and is responsible for solar and battery storage as well as business development.
 
Prior to Forsite, Scott was a mechanical design & field engineer, and project manager. Most recently he founded an energy services company specializing in field services and startup & commissioning. Scott has a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Iowa.

Kenny Gunter

Director of Land Acquisition

With his prior experience as a Solar Project Developer, Kenny is mainly involved in early site assessment, and develops land acquisition strategies. He oversees all land acquisitions, and manages our landmen.
 
Prior to joining Forsite, he not only worked as a Solar Project Developer, but also managed landmen in both solar, and oil & gas spaces, and worked as a landman in the oil and gas development field.
Kenny has a BS in Finance from Penn State University, is a Registered Professional Landman, has a GIS Certificate from North Texas and is a Texas Notary.
 
 
 

Maegan Bean

Senior Director of Project Finance

Maegan Bean is a senior member of our finance team. Prior to Forsite, Maegan worked for a Fortune 200 energy company as a Director of Finance leading the team responsible for the financing of new ventures and as a Manager of Project Valuation leading a team responsible for the pricing and valuation of utility-scale wind, solar, and battery energy storage projects.
 
Maegan has also held roles with a focus on financial and statistical analysis in the aerospace/defense and actuarial consulting industries. Maegan holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Financial Economics from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and a Master of Engineering in Project Management from the University of Maryland, College Park.
 
 
 

Keith Kurtz

Vice President of Development

Keith Kurtz is a senior member of our development team responsible for solar and battery storage development. Keith has over 15 years of renewable energy development experience.
 
Prior to Forsite, Keith held senior-level development positions with numerous renewable energy development and manufacturing companies, where he was able to lead the development of multiple gigawatts worth of utility-scale renewable energy projects. Keith holds a Bachelor of Science in environmental science from Oklahoma State University and a Master of Science in Applied Science from the University of Nebraska.

Kevin Day

President - Solar Development

Kevin has twenty years of experience developing and financing power generation facilities, including natural gas, wind and solar projects. Prior to Forsite, Kevin worked for First Solar as Director of Project and Business Development for the Eastern U.S.

Prior to First Solar, Kevin developed and financed wind projects at BP Wind Energy. Prior to BP Wind Energy, Kevin also developed wind projects for SilverPoint Energy, a company he founded, and was a Director of Project Finance for Panda Energy, a developer of combined cycle natural gas projects.

Kevin holds his BBA in finance, MBA and JD from the University of Oklahoma.

Michelle Skinner

Executive Administrative Assistant

Michelle Skinner is the Executive Administrative Assistant for the Forsite team. She serves as administrative support for the CEO, along with support for the COO and Director of Business Operations. Michelle is also responsible for Accounts Payable & Accounts Receivable.

Prior to joining Forsite, Michelle spent 24 years with the Kraft Heinz Company in Massillon, Ohio, where she was responsible for payroll and administrative support to the Production Manager.  She also worked in the Administration and Human Resources departments.

Andrew Archer

Controller

Andrew Archer is the Financial Controller for Forsite. In this role, Andrew has oversight of the Accounting department, with responsibilities for the entire end-to-end accounting cycle of Forsite. This includes month-end close, financial reporting, budgeting/forecasting, cash flow projection, and developing internal control policies and procedures.

Prior to joining Forsite, Andrew spent 16 years in Real Estate Accounting with two Charlotte-based CRE firms, both as Director of Accounting. Andrew earned his B.A. in Economics and History before earning his MBA from FIU and an MBA+ Certificate with emphasis in Advanced Financial Reporting/Accounting from UNC Charlotte.

Andrew and his wife are originally from Jamaica. They moved to the US in 2003 and live in Gastonia, NC with their two sons and daughter.

Jenny Wesley

Paralegal

Jenny Wesley is a paralegal for Forsite’s legal department. She supports General Counsel and the Land Team with real estate transactions, titles, surveys, and more.

Prior to joining Forsite, Jenny worked for a law firm in Canton, Ohio for over 23 years where she provided real estate paralegal support. Jenny earned an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science for Legal Assisting from Stark State College. Jenny resides in North Carolina with her husband, daughter, and son. She enjoys spending time with her family, going to the beach, and hiking through the woods.

Joshua Smith

General Counsel

As General Counsel, Josh manages Forsite’s legal department. Prior to joining Forsite, Josh was the chief legal officer for a utility-scale solar developer.

Before that, he worked as a corporate attorney for Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, a leading U.S. law firm, and served as an attorney in the Enforcement Division of the Federal Election Commission. Josh holds an LL.M from American University Washington College of Law, a J.D. from Nova Southeastern University and a B.S. from Florida State University.

Shannon Doster

Director of Business Operations

Forsite Development day-to-day operations are managed by Shannon Doster. Her responsibilities include financial reporting, executive support, human resources, marketing, and property management administration.

 

Offering over 20 years of experience in business management, accounting, sales and marketing along with her previous job for an international corporation, has gained Shannon experience in many business sectors. This coupled with her versatility has contributed much to Forsite ’s ongoing success.

Shannon studied Business Management at York Technical College. She has special training in Six Sigma quality and has earned a Green Belt Certification. Shannon is also a licensed Real Estate Broker and is a Notary Public for North and South Carolina.

Ryan Ford

Chief Operating Officer

Ryan is responsible for the operations, strategy and project management of Forsite’s risk transfer, renewables and clean energy business lines. Prior to joining Forsite in 2018, Ryan’s background was in Engineering and Project Management; specifically, large-scale engineering, procurement, fabrication and construction (EPFC) projects.

Ryan has spent significant time on major construction sites, supervising installation of the design of new construction including coal, combined cycle and nuclear power plants.

Additionally, Ryan has worked in various engineering management roles within the power industry focusing on all fuel types for major base load plants, including the newer Allam Cycle technology.

Tom McKittrick

Chief Executive Officer / Founder

Tom is the Chief Executive Officer / Founder of Forsite Development, Inc. and manages all aspects of the company’s operations. Tom started Forsite in December 2004 with the idea that there was a significant supply of vacant corporate surplus industrial facilities throughout the Southeast that could be acquired aggressively and then repositioned. Since starting Forsite, Tom has purchased over 7 million SF of space throughout the Carolinas.

Forsite’s most ambitious project to date is “ReVenture Park”, a 667 acre re-development of a shuttered chemical plant, currently listed as a Federal Superfund site into a “Renewable Energy Industrial Park”. The property, located along the shores of the Catawba River in Charlotte, NC has over 1.4 miles of river frontage and is the largest piece of underutilized heavy industrial property in the region. Once complete, this project is projected to create over 1,100 “green collar” jobs and over $900 million in new investment.

Prior to starting Forsite, Tom was a ten year veteran and Senior Vice President of Development for Indianapolis based Lauth Property Group. In July of 2001, Tom moved to Charlotte to open Lauth’s second regional office where he managed all build-to-suit, land development and construction activities that he and his team created in the Southeast.

Tom has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing and Finance from Ball State University. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Holy Angels (www.holyangelsnc.org).