State awards $6.2 million for pollution cleanup at 14 redevelopment sites

State officials have awarded $6.2 million to help clean up 14 polluted sites around the state and help prepare them for redevelopment.

The goal of these awards from the Department of Employment and Economic Development is to get the sites ready for such new projects as housing, office and retail space, a hotel and brewery.

DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben said: “The Contamination Cleanup and Investigation Grant Program is one of Minnesota’s most effective and successful redevelopment tools.”

This round of grants go to:

  • Fridley, Naval Industrial Reserve Ordnance Plant, $2,020,500 for a 30.7-acre portion of the former Naval Industrial Reserve Ordnance Plant contaminated with petroleum and other contaminants. The plan calls for demolition of the remaining building foundation and the construction of three industrial buildings, totaling 446,400 square feet.
  • Minneapolis, 4041 Hiawatha, $103,099 for a 1.82-acre site contaminated with petroleum and other contaminants, which is to be redeveloped with 78 affordable apartment units.
  • Minneapolis, 43rd and Upton, $230,755 for the 0.46-acre site contaminated with petroleum and other contaminants from a former gas station, auto repair shop and restaurant. It will become a four-story apartment building offering 29 apartments and 6,000 square feet of street-level retail space.
  • Minneapolis, ABC Industrial Development, $159,882 for a  0.77-acre site contaminated with petroleum and other contaminants from previous residences, a wood yard and an electronics warehouse. It will be redeveloped with a six-story mixed-use building including 143 market rate apartment units and 16,730 square feet of retail space.
  • Minneapolis, Kraus Anderson Block, $761,106 for a 2.53-acre site contaminated with petroleum and other contaminants. It had been used for warehousing, auto repair and metal refinishing and will become a new headquarters building for Kraus-Anderson, a 17-story residential building, a 148-room hotel and a brewery.
  • Minneapolis, T3, $441,885 for this 1.41-acre site contaminated site that had been a freight depot and parking lot. It will be redeveloped with a seven-story building offering 224,000 square feet of Class A office space and 11,500 square feet of street-level retail space.
  • Minneapolis, Target Field Station, $148,942 to clean up the site of a former lumber yard and parking lot, which will be used for a 10-story building offering a 232,000 square feet of Class A office space and 11,000 square feet of street-level retail space.
  • Moorhead, Honey Badger Apartments, $903,636 for a polluted site that had housed railroad operations, auto repair and salvage, manufacturing and concrete ready-mix operations. It will be redeveloped into two buildings offering 42 apartment units.
  • Owatonna, Northgate Apartments, $142,045 for a polluted former foundry and machine shop site which will be redeveloped with a three-story building including 36 affordable apartment units, including dedicated housing for the homeless.
  • Rochester, First Avenue Flats, $14,413 to clean up a site once used for residences, auto repair, a taxi service company and financial services, to be redeveloped with 68 housing units.
  • St. Paul, Cleveland Avenue Development, $203,615 for a former department store, bank and realty office site that is polluted and will be redeveloped with a four-story mixed-use building including 8,800 square feet of office space, 57 market rate apartment units and 3,500 square feet of retail.
  • St. Paul, Fillmore Site, $960,336 for a former foundry, power plant and a battery crushing facility that will be redeveloped with a four-story building with 174 market rate apartment units.
  • Virginia, East Range Clinic Site, $107,370 to clean up a site once used for the railroad and mining industries, auto repair, a lumber yard and a health clinic, which will be redeveloped with a 15,000-square-foot auto dealership.
  • Washington County Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA), Woodbury Redevelopment, $18,558 for a 1.68-acre site formerly used for a residence and trash hauling business. The site will be redeveloped with 38 senior housing units.

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by joe smith on 01/08/2016 - 03:51 pm.

    Sounds like a good gig if you can in tight with DEED. How is a former bank,department store and reality office polluted? What contaminants are in that building? We gave over 200,000 grand to someone for clean up…. As I stated good gig if you can get it???

  2. Submitted by LK WOODRUFF on 01/09/2016 - 10:49 am.

    Why are taxpayer dollars being spent?

    Someone (official) please explain to me why taxpayer dollars are being used to clean up these sites? Why aren’t the companies who had businesses on these sites paying for clean up?? Why were they allowed to abdicate (i.e., get off scott free) in the first place?

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