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,… Read more »

A Jimmy John’s has opened as part of the Grand Crossings project at 21 West Jefferson Street.  The restaurant is one of several commercial tenant spaces located on the ground level of the mixed-use building.  The upper three floors are reserved for residential condominium units.  The site is a former dairy equipment manufacturer and most recently contained a blighted… Read more »

The City and its environmental consultant, HR Green Inc., partnered to construct a geographic information system (GIS)-based webportal to further enhance project transparency.  An interactive map with querying features allows citizens to view properties selected for assessment, monitor progress, and examine site observation notes, photos, and documents associated with investigated properties. The website also links users to completed… Read more »

The City of Waterloo’s contribution of nearly $3 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding helped Grand Crossings earn the 2018 Audrey Nelson Community Development Achievement Award from the National Community Development Association.  The organization acknowledges exemplary uses of CDBG funds which address the needs of families, homes and neighborhoods.  Grand Crossings, constructed on the site of a former… Read more »

The Waterloo City Council approved a professional services agreement with HR Green, Inc. to help implement the City’s EPA Brownfields Assessment Grants on November 13, 2017.  Grant funds allow the City to inventory, characterize, assess, and conduct cleanup planning on brownfields sites throughout the community.  A special emphasis is being placed on properties located within the Broadway Street Corridor… Read more »

PRESS RELEASE Department of Planning and Zoning Waterloo, Iowa   NOTICE OF A PUBLIC EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH & REQUEST FOR PUBLIC COMMENT Former Chamberlain Manufacturing Site Re-use Planning   The City of Waterloo in partnership with Kansas State University’s (KSU) Targeted Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) Program, and HR Green Inc., will conduct a Public Outreach meeting… Read more »

The City of Waterloo executed a contract with HR Green, Inc. to help position the former Chamberlain Manufacturing site for future redevelopment opportunities. The City is currently in discussions with its former operator and officials from Iowa Department of Natural Resources and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to identify a final remediation strategy in concert with an EPA Unilateral Administrative… Read more »

EPA has highlighted the City of Waterloo’s redevelopment efforts on its brownfields “Success Stories” webpage.  The referenced site is designed showcase grantees across the country that are “transforming brownfields into thriving new centers of commerce and industry; creating jobs through cleanup and reuse; formatting innovative partnerships among federal, state, and local governments and private-sector stakeholders such as developers and lenders; training… Read more »

EPA awarded the City of Waterloo a $200,000 Hazardous Substances Assessment Grant and a $200,000 Petroleum Assessment Grant to investigate sites with actual or perceived contamination.  The City has secured 14 EPA Brownfields grants totaling $2.65 million since 2000. Underutilized properties plague the community in high concentrations along the Broadway Street Corridor and within the Urban Core.  Many former… Read more »

Construction of a new 4-story condo building on the former Grand Hotel site continues.  The project will feature 68 apartments (28 one-bedroom and 40 two-bedroom units) with granite/quartz counter tops, Nest thermostats, high-efficiency appliances, and balconies.  Additional amenities include underground parking and a community workout room.  The developer expects an opening date of 2016.  The City acquired the blighted property along a key downtown… Read more »