DEED doles out $6.2M in cleanup grants

A new office development in downtown Minneapolis, known as T3, received a $441,885 redevelopment grant from DEED to clear out a former freight depot and parking lot site. Submitted rendering: Hines Interests
Kraus-Anderson’s planned transformation of its downtown Minneapolis block is among more than a dozen redevelopment projects across the state that will split $6.2 million in state cleanup funding.
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development announced the grants Friday. Other high-profile projects that nailed down funding include the T3 office building in the North Loop and United Properties’ 10-story office complex slated for a property near Target Field Station in Minneapolis.
Several housing and commercial projects from elsewhere in the state also won funding, pulled from a pool earmarked specifically for clearing up or investigating pollution at development sites with plans geared toward business growth and job creation.
“The contamination cleanup and investigation grant program is one of Minnesota’s most effective and successful redevelopment tools,” DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben said in a statement.
Since its launch in 1995, the initiative has awarded more than $157 million to help clear 3,317 of acres of reclaimed land and supported the creation and retention of nearly 48,000 jobs at project sites, state data show. The program has attracted $5.7 billion in private investment.
This round’s grant recipients include:

The cleanup of the former Naval Industrial Reserve Ordnance Plant in Fridley, which received the biggest allocation — $2.02 million. Project plans include the construction of three industrial buildings with a combined 446,400 square feet of space, making room for 89 new jobs while retaining 357 existing ones.
An overhaul at the Fillmore site in St. Paul, a 5.3-acre swath formerly home to a foundry and battery- crushing facility that needs to clear out petroleum and other contaminants. Down the line, the site will be home to a 174-unit, market-rate apartment complex. The project received $960,336 in cleanup funds.
The Honey Badger Apartments project in Moorhead, which secured $903,636 to clean up petroleum and other contaminants on a 5.54-acre site that was used for railroad operations, auto repair and salvage, as well as manufacturing. The project includes two buildings with a combined 42 units.
The new headquarters for Kraus-Anderson in downtown Minneapolis, a 2.53-acre site that will also house a 17-story residential building, a 148-room hotel and a brewery. The state awarded $761,106 to clean the land, formerly used for warehousing and auto repair.
A new office development in downtown Minneapolis, known as T3, that received $441,885 to clear out a former freight depot and parking lot site. Project plans include a seven-story complex with 224,000 square feet of Class A office space plus 11,500 square feet of street-level retail.
A four-story apartment building slated for a former Famous Dave’s site at West 43rd Street and Upton Avenue South in Minneapolis, which got $230,755 to clear out the property. The project will add 29 units plus 6,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space.
The site of a former department store and bank on Cleveland Avenue in St. Paul, where $203,615 from the state will help transform the 0.84-acre property into a four-story mixed-use building with 8,800 square feet of office space, 57 market-rate apartments and 3,500 square feet of retail.
The revamp of the North Loop’s ABC Electronics building into a six-story mixed-use complex with 143 market-rate apartments plus 16,730 square feet of retail space. The joint project by Opus and Greco nailed down $159,882 from the state to clean up the site, a former lumberyard and electronics warehouse.
A 10-story, 232,000-square-foot Class A office building that United Properties proposed for a 0.89-acre site at 419 Fifth St. N. near Target Field Station in downtown Minneapolis, which got $148,942 in state funding. The former lumberyard and parking lot is contaminated with petroleum and other toxins.
The Northgate Apartment project in Owatonna, which will transform a 1.05-acre site that once housed a foundry and machine shop into a three-story building with 36 affordable apartments, including housing for the homeless. The effort got $142,045 from the state.
A onetime railroad and mining facility in Virginia that will find new life as a 15,000-square-foot auto dealership. The project won $107,370 in state funding to clear petroleum and other contaminants from the 2.5-acre property.
A 78-unit affordable housing complex slated for 4041 Hiawatha Ave. in south Minneapolis, which received $103,099 to clean up the 1.82-acre site. The property was once home to a door manufacturer and box producer.
The Washington County Housing and Redevelopment Authority, which will use $18,558 in state aid to investigate pollution at a 1.68-acre site in Woodbury where a 38-unit senior housing complex is planned. The complex replaces a residence and trash hauling business.
The 68-unit First Avenue Flats workforce housing project in Rochester, where $14,413 from the state will be used to determine pollution at the 0.95-acre site. The property formerly had homes, an auto repair shop and a taxi service company.

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