Two declining brownfields sites located in the 800 block of East 4th Street have been torn down. This work helps advance the construction of a 12,000-square-foot Otto Schoitz Family Teen and Educational Center to be operated by the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Cedar Valley. The $3 million project will feature space for tutoring, computer and digital graphics skills development, music creativity, college testing preparation, counseling, direct homework assistance and supervised recreational space.
The facility becomes another important anchor as part of the emerging Walnut Neighborhood. Other nearby investments include a downtown grocery store, commercial strip mall, and the public-private renovation of several historical homes.
The City of Waterloo completed Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) on the former dry cleaner and restaurant/tavern under its EPA Brownfields Grant in the spring of 2018. Both reports recommended further investigation based on historical uses of the property and surrounding area. City officials anticipate conducting a combined Phase II ESA during the late summer months. Construction of the Family Teen and Educational Center will commence once all lingering concerns are eliminated. Please visit our Projects page for additional details!