Duluth gets state money to clean up Canal Park site

An industrial building on Duluth’s Canal Park Drive will be torn down and its contaminated land cleaned up, thanks to a $418,000 state grant, officials said.

The money from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development’s Contamination Clean Up and Investigation program will benefit the former Duluth Spring site, at 300 Canal Park Drive. The plant, which manufactured steel leaf springs used for mining equipment, has been unoccupied for two years.

A developer is kicking in money for the clean-up, too and then plans to redevelop the property that sits towards the freeway end of Canal Park Drive.

Developer Rockie Kavajecz said: “With the grant, we can have local contractors make ready to clean up the environmental ground contamination adjacent to the beautiful Lake Superior shoreline in Canal Park. This environmentally clean site will now be positioned to contribute back to the community and will become an attraction versus a non tax revenue producing eye sore.”

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