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DEED Awards Over $3 Million for Contamination Cleanup
Minnesota Ag Connection - 07/09/2019

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) awarded funding under the Contamination Cleanup and Investigation Grants Program for 15 different projects totaling more than $3,400,000.

The projects are expected to create and retain jobs and add over 200 affordable housing units.

"Contaminated sites are standing in the way of growth," said Governor Tim Walz. "That's why we're working to clean these sites and allow communities to redevelop the land. These projects will create 130 new jobs, 214 affordable housing units, and allow Minnesota to build for the future."

"These cleanup projects will restore previously unsafe sites into homes for families and new places of business for communities," said DEED Commissioner Steve Grove. "It's an effective way for Minnesota cities and counties to restore previously unusable land."

The grants cover up to 75 percent of the costs to investigate and cleanup approved polluted sites. The rest of the funding comes from the Metropolitan Council, cities and counties, other units of local government and private landowners and developers.

The Contamination Cleanup program has awarded 551 grants worth $186 million since 1995. The program has reclaimed 3,690 acres of contaminated property, created or retained over 50,000 jobs around the state, created 20,000 total units of housing and is credited with generating over $132 million in new tax revenue.

Go to the DEED website for more information on the Contamination Cleanup and Investigation Grants program.

Barnesville -- Braton Excavating Site -- Barnesville is awarded $31,275 in cleanup funding for this 1.18-acre site contaminated with petroleum and other contaminants. Formerly used for agriculture, storage and as the office and shop for construction, welding and excavating companies, the site will be redeveloped with an auto repair shop. The project will create one new job, retain two jobs, and increase the tax base by $4,518. Matching costs will be paid by the city.

Bloomington -- Intergenerational Mixed-Use Project -- The city is awarded $86,160 in additional cleanup funding for this 7.06-acre site contaminated with asbestos and other contaminants. These funds will supplement the $1,107,399 award made December 2018. Formerly occupied by a commercial fitness facility, the site will be redeveloped with a four-story senior housing facility with an 11,000 square foot children's daycare and underground parking. It is anticipated this project will create 72 jobs and increase the tax base by $528,589. Matching costs will be paid the developer and other grant sources.

Deer River -- Salvage Yard -- Deer River is awarded $45,421 in investigation funding for this 35-acre site. Formerly used as residential and a salvage yard, it is expected that the site will be redeveloped with a hotel and other commercial uses. The project has the potential to create 17 new jobs and increase the tax base by $253,082. Matching costs will be paid by the developer.

Hennepin County -- Upper Post Flats -- The county is awarded $571,752 in cleanup funding for this 47.13-acre site contaminated with petroleum and other contaminants. Part of the Historic Fort Snelling, this site was formerly used for housing and support services for soldiers and officers serving in the United States Army. The 26 existing buildings will be renovated into 210 units of multifamily affordable housing. It is anticipated this project will create five jobs and increase the tax base by $213,769. Matching costs will be paid by the developer.

Little Falls -- CentraSota Site -- The city is awarded $32,000 in investigation funding for this 7.30-acre site. Formerly used as a bulk oil station, gas station, fertilizer plant, feed warehouse and other uses. It is expected this site will be redeveloped into multifamily residential use. Matching costs will be paid by the city and the EDA.

Maple Grove -- Former Hilger Transfer Site -- Maple Grove is awarded $828,122 in additional cleanup funding for this 13-acre site contaminated with petroleum and other contaminants. These funds will supplement the $1,000,000 award made December 2017. Formerly used for unregulated disposal, and later a waste transfer station, this site will be redeveloped with a 204,120 square-foot office warehouse building. It is anticipated this project will create 115 new jobs, retain 225 jobs, and increase the tax base by $436,277. Matching costs will be paid by the developer, and other grant sources.

Minneapolis -- 3120 Excelsior Blvd. -- The city is awarded $98,996 in cleanup funding for this 0.30-acre site. The site has a history of filling stations and oil change/auto shops. The site will be repurposed with a 3,253 square foot commercial space. It is anticipated that this project will create 15 new jobs and increase the tax base by $11,178. Matching costs will be paid by the developer and other grant sources.

Minneapolis -- 907 Winter St. NE -- Minneapolis is awarded $211,214 in cleanup funding for this .474-acre site contaminated with petroleum and other contaminants. Formerly used for a variety of heavy industrial purposes, including a metal plating company, the site will be redeveloped into a 3-story, 20 unit residential building. It is anticipated this project will create one new job, and increase the tax base by $52,711. Matching costs will be paid by the developer and other grant sources.

Minneapolis -- Bessemer at Seward Commons -- The city is awarded $328,488 in cleanup funding for this 1.24-acre site contaminated with petroleum and other contaminants. Formerly used for metal machining, this site will be redeveloped with a five-story, 128-unit apartment building. It is anticipated this project will create two new jobs and increase the tax base by $297,960. Matching costs will be paid by the developer and other grant sources.

Minneapolis -- Capri Theater Expansion -- Minneapolis is awarded $58,991 in cleanup funding for this 1.39-acre site contaminated with petroleum and non-petroleum contaminants. Formerly used for residential, retail, a church, and parking, the site will be redeveloped with an expansion of the adjacent Capri Theater. The project will create 9 new jobs and retain 4 jobs. Matching costs will be paid by the developer.

Minneapolis -- Leef South Lot -- The city is awarded $163,214 in cleanup funding for this 1.17-acre site contaminated with petroleum and other contaminants. Historically used as residential and adjacent to a former dry cleaning operation, this site will be redeveloped with a 95,800 square foot office building. It is anticipated this project will create 25 jobs, retain 133 jobs, and increase the tax base by $456,704. Matching costs will be paid by the developer and other grant sources.

Minneapolis -- Malcolm Yards Market -- Minneapolis is awarded $73,451 in cleanup funding for this 4.34-acre site contaminated with petroleum and other contaminants. Formerly used for industrial purposes, including machining and the production of railroad dump cars, steam shovels and sawmill machinery, the existing building will be repurposed as a 18,500 square foot urban food hall. The project will create 38 new jobs and increase the tax base by $109,357. Matching costs will be paid by the developer.

Robbinsdale -- Parker Station Flats -- Robbinsdale is awarded $184,438 in cleanup funding for this 2.27-acre site contaminated with petroleum and other contaminants. Formerly used as part of a roadway and for a variety of commercial uses, the site will be redeveloped with a 197-unit market rate apartment building. The project will create five new jobs and increase the tax base by $639,900. Matching costs will be paid by other grant sources and the developer.

South St. Paul Economic Development Authority -- Big Heist Beer Company -- The city is awarded $433,305 in cleanup funding for this 0.94-acre site contaminated with petroleum and other contaminants. Formerly used for a filling station, vulcanizing and painting facility, the site will be redeveloped with a 13,125 square foot taproom and brew house. The project will create seven new jobs and increase the tax base by $47,300. Matching costs will be paid by the developer.

St. Paul -- International Institute of Minnesota -- The city is awarded $262,493 in cleanup funding for this 0.86-acre site contaminated with petroleum and other contaminants. The site was once a gravel mine pit that was filled with dump materials. The cleaned site will include an expansion of an adjacent non-profit business. It is anticipated this project will create five new jobs and retain 40 jobs. Matching costs will be paid by the developer.

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