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DEED Awards $4 Million in Contamination Cleanup Grants

Grants will help clean up nearly 44 acres of blighted property

 

Rendering of Saint Paul 540 Broadway project

St. Paul – The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) announced today grant awards of nearly $4.1 million to 11 Minnesota cities. These grants play a significant role in the cleanup of contaminated sites for redevelopment.

The Contamination Cleanup Program funding is expected to leverage $368 million in private investment. These investments will create 326 new jobs and retain 448 jobs, while adding 1,033 housing units to the market – 281 of which will be affordable.

"We're excited about supporting more jobs and higher tax revenues through these grants, which will help transform land that was formerly unlivable," said DEED Commissioner Steve Grove. "These Contamination Cleanup Grants continue to be an excellent investment in our communities."

DEED's Contamination Cleanup Grants cover up to 75% of the costs of removing contamination at approved polluted sites. The remaining costs are covered by cities and counties, other units of local government, and private landowners and developers.

Since its inception in 1993, the Contamination Cleanup Grant Program has awarded over $202 million in grants, which paid for assessment and cleanup of 3,915 acres of land – contributing to the creation or retention of over 50,000 jobs and cleared the way for 25,797 new housing units. The program has also leveraged over $9.4 billion in private investments and added over $141 million to local tax bases.

Details for individual projects are below:

City of Faribault – Farmer Seed and Nursery Redevelopment

The City of Faribault is awarded $244,016 in cleanup funding for this 2.16-acre site contaminated with petroleum and other contaminants. Historically used as a machine shop, foundry, and nursery, this site will be redeveloped into a four-story, 52-unit affordable apartment building and approximately 48,000 square feet of climate controlled self-storage. The project is anticipated to create five jobs, increase the local tax base by $148,097, and leverage $9.6 million of private investment. Matching funds will be provided by the developer.

Local contact – Deanna Kuennen, City of Faribault (507) 333-0376

City of Golden Valley – Golden Valley Business Center

The City of Golden Valley is awarded $644,325 in cleanup funding for this 28.03-acre site contaminated with chlorinated solvents. Historically used to manufacture X-ray processing and photo finishing equipment, this site will be redeveloped into two light industrial buildings totaling 399,000 square feet of warehouse space. The project is anticipated to create 150 jobs, retain 400 jobs, increase the local tax base by $1,773,622, and leverage $62 million of private investment. Matching funds will be provided by the developer.

Local contact – Myles Campbell, City of Golden Valley (763) 593-3979

City of Hibbing – Proposed Eye Clinic North

The City of Hibbing is awarded $242,644 in cleanup funding for this 0.87-acre site contaminated with petroleum and other contaminants. Historically part of an old dump, this site will be redeveloped into a one-story, 5,500 square-foot eye clinic. The project is anticipated to create four jobs, retain eight jobs, increase the local tax base by $54,492, and leverage $2.3 million in private investment. Matching funds will be provided by the developer and the Department of Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation.

Local contact – Candie Seppala, City of Hibbing (218) 312-1560

City of Hopkins – Blake Road Station Apartments - Phase B

The City of Hopkins is awarded $280,251 in cleanup funding for this 2.27-acre site contaminated with chlorinated solvents. Historically agricultural land and currently occupied by a strip mall, this site will be redeveloped into a seven-story mixed-use building with 250 market-rate apartments and 10,000 square feet of commercial space. The project is anticipated to create 22 jobs, increase the local tax base by $1,120,318, and leverage $60.9 million in private investment. Matching funds will be provided by the developer.

Local contact – Jan Youngquist, City of Hopkins (952) 548-6343

City of Mankato – Burton Building

The City of Mankato is awarded $175,132 in cleanup funding for this 1.2-acre site contaminated with petroleum and other contaminants. Historically used as a lumber mill, a paint shop, battery shop, auto sales and service garage, and most recently banking, this site will be redeveloped into two, six-story mixed-use buildings with a total of 114 market-rate units, 2,300 square feet of retail space, and 17,460 square feet of office space. The project is anticipated to create 20 jobs, retain 20 jobs, increase the local tax base by $230,084, and leverage $39.5 million of private investment. Matching funds will be provided by the developer.

Local contact – Courtney Kramlinger, City of Mankato (507) 387-8711

City of Mankato – Lewis Lofts

The City of Mankato is awarded $140,425 in cleanup funding for this 1.55-acre site contaminated with petroleum and other contaminants. Historically used for vehicle maintenance and repair, and later a public works facility, this site will be redeveloped into a four-story, 64-unit affordable apartment building for seniors. The project is anticipated to create 2 jobs, increase the local tax base by $51,400, and leverage $9.4 million in private investment. Matching funds will be provided by tax increment financing and the developer.

Local contact – Courtney Kramlinger, City of Mankato (507) 387-8711

City of Minneapolis – Mikwanedun Audisookon

The City of Minneapolis is awarded $97,276 in cleanup funding for this 0.86-acre site contaminated with petroleum and other contaminants. Historically used for residential and commercial purposes, this site will be redeveloped into a multi-service center for Native Americans and people of Native descent. The project is anticipated to create eight jobs, retain 18 jobs, and leverage $5 million of private investment. Matching funds will be provided by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community and individual donors.

Local contact – Kevin Carroll, City of Minneapolis (651) 983-6384

St. Louis Park Economic Development Authority – Wooddale Station

The St. Louis Park EDA is awarded $874,000 in cleanup funding for this 3.08-acre site contaminated with petroleum and other contaminants. Historically used for a variety of commercial and industrial uses including motorcycle sales and service, machinery manufacturing, and petroleum products sales, this site will be redeveloped into two, six-story residential buildings with a total of 315 units (63 affordable) and 13,000 square feet of retail. The project is anticipated to create 36 jobs, increase the local tax base by $1,063,681, and leverage $82.3 million of private investment. Matching funds will be provided by the developer and other grant sources.

Local contact – Julie Grove, St. Louis Park EDA (952) 924-2523

City of St. Paul – 540 Broadway

The City of St Paul is awarded $280,234 in cleanup funding for this 1.02-acre site contaminated with chlorinated solvents and other contaminants. Historically used for electroplating and printing, this site will be redeveloped into a six-story, 128-unit apartment building with 5,394 square feet of office space. The project is anticipated to create 12 jobs, retain two jobs, increase the local tax base by $140,747, and leverage $46.5 million of private investment.Matching funds will be provided by the developer and other grant sources.

Local contact – Marilyn Rosendahl, City of St Paul (651) 266-6606

City of Willmar – Block 25

The city of Willmar is awarded $475,581 in cleanup funding for this 1.10-acre site contaminated with petroleum and other contaminants. Historically used for a variety of commercial purposes including dry-cleaning, a fueling station, and auto repair, this site will be redeveloped into a three-story, 58-unit apartment building. The project is anticipated to create one job, increase the local tax base by $61,333, and leverage $11 million of private investment. Matching funds will be provided by the developer.

Local contact – Kayode Adiatu, City of Willmar (320) 905-0012

Winona Port Authority – 60 Main

Winona Port Authority is awarded $601,387 in cleanup funding for this 1.62-acre site contaminated with lead and other contaminants. Historically used as a rail depot/freight house and for coal storage, this site will be redeveloped into a six-story, 52-unit apartment building with 2,100 square feet of retail space, and a five-story, 68-room hotel with event space. The project is anticipated to create 66 jobs, increase the local tax base by $225,714, and leverage $39 million of private investment. Matching funds will be provided by the Port Authority.

Local contact – Lucy McMartin, Winona Port Authority (507) 457-8250

DEED is the state's principal economic development agency, promoting business recruitment, expansion and retention, workforce development, international trade and community development. For more details about the agency and its services, visit the DEED website, the JoinUsMn.com website, or follow us on Twitter.

 

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