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MN Brownfields ReScape Awards


Today is the last day to register for the November 7 ReScape Awards at St. Paul's Union Depot. Join us in celebrating innovative brownfield redevelopment projects from around Minnesota. Questions? Call 651.307.4371.


$2.7M Granted for Redevelopment Projects in Latest Round  
The Minnesota Department of Employment & Ecnonomic Development recently announced $2.7 million in grants to prepare blighted sites. Following are the specifics of the awards: 


St. Paul Port Authority, Forest and East Seventh Streets, Parcel 4 - $483,840
Funds will cover demolition, public infrastructure and geotechnical work associated with the last remaining piece of the Beacon Bluff project. This public private partnership is largest development project in two decades and will create 20 jobs and retain 81 others. This 5.98-acre site will be redeveloped into two light industrial buildings totaling nearly 50,000 square feet. An armored car company is expected to relocate to one of the buildings. The project is expected to increase the local tax base by $262,965. The St. Paul Port Authority Development Fund will provide matching costs.

City of Chatfield, Twiford Area Redevelopment - $233,611
Funds were awarded for infrastructure costs associated with a commercial redevelopment project that will create four jobs and increase the tax base by $38,546. The city will provide matching funds.

City of Duluth Economic Development Authority, Lincoln Park Apartments - $207,500
Funds were awarded for abatement and demolition of part of the former Lincoln Park School building. Some environmental infrastructure also is planned on the 2.75-acre site. The remaining structure will be renovated into 50 affordable housing units and 45,000 square feet of office space. Seven of these units will be set aside for households experiencing long-term homelessness. It is anticipated that this project will create two jobs, retain 31 jobs and increase the city's tax base by $65,799. Matching costs will be covered by tax increment financing.

City of Fridley Housing and Redevelopment Authority, NIROP Site Phase I- $500,000
Funds are for demolition of a 30-acre portion of the former Naval Industrial Reserve Ordnance Plant (NIROP). The site will be redeveloped into two warehouse/office buildings totaling 345,000 square feet. The project is expected to create 70 jobs, retain 388 jobs and increase the city's tax base by $586,257. Matching costs will be covered by tax increment financing.

City of Minneapolis, 807 Broadway Ave. - $198,850
Grant funds are for demolition, asbestos abatement, storm water management and limited public infrastructure on this 5.8-acre site. The former site of the Minneapolis Public School Education Service Center will be redeveloped into 170,000 square feet of Class B commercial creative-use office space. The project is expected to create 125 jobs, retain 225 jobs and increase the tax base by $614,937. The developer will provide additional funding for the project.

City of St. Cloud Economic Development Authority, Former Granite Bowl - $99,600
Funds were awarded for demolition and some public infrastructure on this 1.05-acre site. The former site of the Granite Bowl - a downtown bowling alley - will be redeveloped into a 17,000- square-foot, Class A office building. The project is expected to create nine jobs, retain 52 jobs and increase the city's tax base by $48,180. Matching costs will be covered by tax increment financing.

City of St. Paul, Lowertown Ballpark - $1 million
Funds are for public infrastructure at the Lowertown Ballpark site. Vacant since 2003, this 10.5-acre site was formerly home to Diamond Products/Gillette Co. The Lowertown Ballpark is expected to create 14 jobs and retain 23 jobs. City bonds will cover matching costs.


Redevelopment Grants Demolition Loans Available


The Minnesota Department of Employment and Ecnonomic Development's (DEED) Office of Brownfields and Redevelopment announces its next Redevelopment Grant Application round, which for the first time will also include Demolition Loans. Applications for both grants and loans will be accepted on February 3, 2014. 



Nominations Sought for January Economic Development Awards Program

The Economic Development Association of Minnesota (EDAM) invites you to consider nominating a project in one of six categories. Winners receive an award and recognition at the Winter Conference and are also recognized via press release following the conference. Winners will also be featured in short videos to be shown at the awards program. The deadline for submissions is November 15, 2013.

More info here.



Electronic Submittal Policy at Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

The MPCA's Petroleum Remediation, Superfund, and Brownfield Programs are taking another step toward a fully electronic document management system.  Effective November 1, 2013 all submittals must be sent in an electronic format. Paper submittals should only be sent if the MPCA project team specifically requests it. More info about the policy can be found here.   



 Greater MSP Shares Our Region's Story 

At its annual meeting in Minneapolis last week, the regional economic development coordinator Greater MSP shared good news about the region's recent economic growth. Leading stats: the Greater MSP region has created 66,000 jobs in just two years, well on pace to meet its 5-year goal of 100,000 jobs created; metro-area unemployment is well below the national average; and Minnesota has the nation's 5th fastest growing economy. Greater MSP has released a video illustrating a vision of the region's economic potential in the future. View the video.



Minnesota Brownfields Welcomes New Board Chair

Deborah DeLuca has stepped down as Chair of the Board of Directors of Minnesota Brownfields following two years of service. She remains on the Board. Stepping into the role of Board Chair is Sara Peterson of Parkway Law. The Board thanks Deb for her dedicated service and leadership over the past two years, and welcomes Sara in this new role.      



Give to the Max Day is November 14
Minnesota Brownfields will participate in Minnesota's largest single day of giving to charities on November 14. Our goal for this campaign is to reach new donors with a special one-day rate of $10. Learn more.  



WI Overhauls Investigation and Cleanup Administrative Rules 

After nearly two decades, the state law that guides environmental cleanups of contaminated property in Wisconsin is getting a major overhaul. Known collectively as the Chapter NR 700 Rule Series, this law was first adopted in 1994. On November 1, substantial revisions to the rule series go into effect, affecting everything from reporting to soil cleanup standards and provisions related to vapor intrusion. Learn more here.  



Planning for EPA Brownfield Grants Post Shutdown  

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expected to release guidelines for its FY14 Assessment, Cleanup and Revolving Loan Fund (ARC) Grants very soon. The FY14 ARC Request for Proposals (RFP) were expected to be released in mid-October, but that timeline was pushed back by the 16-day government shutdown. 

EPA's most recent guidance urged communities who intend to apply for an ARC grant to begin their background work now. There are many activities that applicants can perform in prior to the RFP to prepare in advance for the competition. Further guidance from EPA may be accessed here. Minnesota Brownfields will publicize related webinars via our LinkedIn group




Minnesota Brownfields work is largely made possible through the generous contributions of our members. Individual memberships are available starting at $25/year, but a contribution at any level helps pay for this monthly e-newsletter and other publications. Donate now.

We thank those named below for becoming Redevelopment, Remediation or RAP Development level members, renewing membership at those levels, or for sponsoring our events in the past 12 months:

  • American Engineering Testing
  • American National Bank 
  • Barr Engineering Company
  • Bay West 
  • Beazley Consulting 
  • Braun Intertec Corporation
  • Carlson McCain
  • Central Iron Range Initiative  
  • City of Duluth/DEDA 
  • Jon Carlson
  • Dominium 
  • Economic Development Association of Minnesota 
  • Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.
  • Gray Plant Mooty
  • Halleland Habicht 
  • Hillcrest Development, LLLP  
  • Historical Information Gatherers
  • Hyde Development, LLC
  • Impact 7G
  • Javelin Group
  • Landmark Environmental, LLC
  • Leonard, Street, and Deinard
  • LHB 
  • Liesch  
  • Loucks Associates
  • Metropolitan Council
  • Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development
  • Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
  • The Opus Group   
  • Parkway Law
  • Peer Engineering
  • Pope Architects 
  • Saint Paul Port Authority
  • Sherman Associates
  • Stantec
  • Stoel Rives
  • TKDA 
  • Western Bank
  • Xcel Energy      
Through education, research and partnerships, Minnesota Brownfields promotes the efficient cleanup and reuse of contaminated land as a means of generating economic growth,
strengthening communities and enabling sustainable land use and development.