Maple Grove Site Among 15 Receiving Cleanup Grants

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On Wednesday, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development announced 15 grants to clean up contaminated sites around the state. The largest, for $828,122, will go to Maple Grove to supplement a previous $1 million grant awarded in 2017.

The project also has received grants totaling $750,000 from Hennepin County and the Metropolitan Council, and has applied for additional money from the Met Council’s Tax Base Revitalization Account. The city is also planning to put $1.4 million in tax increment financing into the project for a total package close to $4 million.

It’s a hefty price tag, but the reuse of the property, at the northeast corner of Zachary Lane and 85th Avenue North, has been a priority for the city for some time, Wille said.

“The site had really been targeted by a redevelopment site by the city for a number of years,” she said. “I believe initial environmental investigation started over 10 years ago on this site.”

The Opus-Inland project, known as Arbor Lakes Corporate Center, is expected to begin construction later this year, barring further delays, Wille said. Among other grants announced Wednesday by DEED are:

  • $521,752 for soil remediation and cleanup at the Upper Post Flats at Fort Snelling, a Dominium project to convert 26 existing buildings into affordable housing.
  • $211,214 to Minneapolis to clean up 907 Winter St. NE, formerly a metal plating site now slated for a 20-unit apartment building.
  • $328,488 to Minneapolis to clean up metal machining debris at 2200 Snelling Ave., where Seward Redesign is planning the Bessemer at Seward
  • $433,305 to South St. Paul to clean up contamination at a city-owned lot on Concord Exchange, the future site of the Big Heist Beer Company taproom and brewhouse.
  • $184,438 to Robbinsdale to clean up the site of Inland Development Group’s 197-unit Parker Station Flats.
  • $262,493 to St. Paul to remove dump materials from a former gravel pit slated for an expansion by the International Institute of Minnesota.

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