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Grants Boost Environmental Clean-Up for Metro Projects

The Metropolitan Council is investing $2.6 million to clean up approximately 44 acres of brownfield sites throughout five major cities. This week, the council approved its latest round of Livable Communities grants designed at creating spurring transit-oriented development and private investment in the Twin Cities area.

The 10 projects awarded funds are expected to create 1,500 jobs, increase the tax base by $3 million, and generate $196 million in private investment. The biggest chunk of funding belongs to the Superior Plating site, where Florida-headquartered developer DLC Residential plans 472 cheap apartments and 25,000 square feet of East Side Station retail.

The Met Council Is Taking Huge Steps in Economic and Environmental Improvements

About $712,000 will be for soil remediation and treatment for ground water. The 5.4-acre industrial site is contaminated with harmful organic metals, compounds and cyanide in the ground water and soil.

Two Hillcrest Development endeavors, located in St. Louis Par and Edina, awarded funding for asbestos and lead paint recovery. The Minneapolis-based industrial developer specializes in the redevelopment of properties with environmental clean-up needs. Scott Tankenfoff, managing partner, stated that the grants offered to the metro projects are to aid them in taking the gnarliest, nastiest and most environmentally devastated sites, and repairing them.

10 Projects Have Received Funding to Enact Their Clean-Ups and Services

Tankenoff continued to say that these projects are curial to both the environmental and economic health of their communities. The company’s multifaceted development at Pentagon Park South in Edina received $448,519 from the Met Council for asbestos elimination. The developer there plans to build 365 office spaces, hotel rooms and retail spaces.

The environmental issues that the awarded projects are targeting are asbestos abatement, ground water clean-up, surface water restoration, chemical spill containment, and littering cleanup. The Met Council has not released how much money in grants they have offered, but observers have noted that it has to be in the millions.

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