The City’s environmental consultant provided City Council with a brownfields project update on April 8, 2019.  HR Green’s presentation offered an overview of the EPA Brownfields Program, summarized the history of Waterloo’s involvement, and highlighted several high-profile success stories.  A PDF version of the slides are available for download here.

The City of Waterloo has updated its brownfields brochure to reflect  recent successful revitalization projects within the community.  The document also defines a brownfields site and offers several examples of potential brownfield sites; summarizes the EPA Brownfields Program; describes the Phase I and Phase II ESA process; highlights benefits of participating in the EPA Brownfields Program;… Read more »

Waterloo City Council approved an incentives package to help redevelop a critical brownfields site located at 300-304 Commercial Street.  The historic former Freidl bakery building, constructed in 1911, will be repurposed into a mixed-use project with first floor commercial space and 12 high-level condominiums on the upper level two floors.  The City will provide a $300,000 grant… Read more »

Art Bloc, a 7-story mixed use building located along Waterloo’s downtown riverfront adjacent to the Phelps Youth Pavilion and SingleSpeed, is currently under construction.  The impressive new structure will feature a lobby and parking along Cedar Street, offices and commercial retail uses on the amphitheater level, and 70 market-rate residential units on the upper floors.  Prominent views… Read more »

Two declining brownfields sites located in the 800 block of East 4th Street have been cleared for redevelopment.  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,… 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 »