POSTED ON APRIL 21st, 2010
Milwaukee wins cleanup grants from the EPA
Brownfields in the city will become sites for jobs and homes
Federal grants announced this week will make possible the cleaning and reuse of three brownfield sites in the city of Milwaukee for residential, commercial and industrial uses. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) selected sites at North 30th Street and West North Avenue, North 21st Street and West Garfield Avenue, and North Edison Street and East Highland Avenue for cleanup grants of $200,000 each. All are owned by the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Milwaukee (RACM) and will be marketed for redevelopment after cleanup.
“Earth Day 2010 is a good time to focus on reusing land in the city and realizing the potential that exists for new development,” Mayor Tom Barrett said. “By investing in cleanup, the EPA is helping us create jobs and build opportunity in Milwaukee.”
At 30th and North, the EPA grant will be used to clean up piles of contaminated fill material on the RACM site. Possible future uses for the parcel could include light industrial manufacturing and retail storefronts.
Twenty-three affordably priced homes are planned for the 21st and Garfield location following the cleanup on that site. This property will be part of a larger catalytic development called The Legacy.
The downtown Edison and Highland site has a history of industrial use and contaminated fill material issues. RACM has granted an option to purchase this location to Milwaukee entrepreneur Russ Davis who plans to construct an eight story mixed use building, public green space, and a Riverwalk segment.
Just last month, Governor Jim Doyle announced additional state funding to the city of Milwaukee of nearly $150,000 to address brownfield issues on five other parcels around the city.
Using federal, state and local resources, Milwaukee has spent more than $20,000,000 to investigate and remediate brownfield sites over the last twelve years. Because of this work, thousands of jobs have been created and hundreds of millions of dollars in private investment have been made in Milwaukee.
“Milwaukee has demonstrated that brownfield sites can be converted into job sites,” Commissioner Rocky Marcoux of Milwaukee’s Department of City Development said. “One of the best examples is the cleanup and reuse of land in the Menomonee Valley. Vacant land – once the largest brownfield in the state – is now home to new facilities and new employers.”