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Met Council awards $3.3 million in environmental cleanup grants

Redevelopment projects in seven cities will receive a boost from $3.3 million in Metropolitan Council environmental site investigation and cleanup grants.

In total, the grants approved last week are expected to generate more than $178 million in private investment. The grants will help clean more than 70 contaminated acres, add 1,500 jobs and increase the tax base by more than $2.2 million, according to the council.

The city of St. Paul was awarded the largest grant, worth $750,000, to clean up Midway Stadium, the 12.6-acre former home of the St. Paul Saints minor league baseball team. The St. Paul Port Authority is partnering with Bloomington-based United Properties to build a $15 million, 190,000-square-foot industrial facility at the site.

The grant will go toward soil remediation and soil vapor mitigation at the site, which served as a dump before it was developed into a ballpark.

In Fridley, Hyde Development‘s industrial project at the 122-acre River Road Industrial Center — known as Northern Stacks — will receive a $600,000 grant for soil remediation and vapor mitigation. The money will go toward the second phase of the project on the 40-acre former Naval Industrial Reserve Ordinance Plant. Another $641,000 grant will clear asbestos, lead paint and contaminated soils at the former Leef Services industrial laundry property in Minneapolis.

A total of $100,000 will go toward environmental site investigations for three projects in St. Paul and St. Louis Park.

First, a $50,000 grant will go toward an environmental investigation for the city-owned Wolfe Park Recreation Center in St. Louis Park — a former dumping ground for construction materials and debris. The 8-acre site serves as a recreation area that the city plans to expand with an outdoor ice rink and other amenities.

Minneapolis-based First & First would use a $28,200 grant for additional environmental assessments as part of its rehab of the former King Koil mattress factory at 550 Vandalia St. in St. Paul near a Green Line station at Raymond Avenue. Another $24,300 grant will go toward environmental assessments of the historic keg house at the Schmidt Brewery in St. Paul.

A full list of all the projects awarded grant funding is available at metrocouncil.org.

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