City to Apply for EPA Brownfields Funding

Friday, November 8, 2019

City Council approved a contract with HR Green, Inc. to prepare a $300,000 FY 20 EPA Brownfields Community-Wide Assessment Grant application.  If awarded, the funds will facilitate additional downtown redevelopment activities.  The City of Waterloo has received 14 EPA Brownfields Grants totaling $2.65 million since 2000.

Data Centers to Replace Blighted Properties

Monday, August 12, 2019

City Council has approved a development agreement with South Front Networks LLC of Mankato, MN to construct two new data centers in the 1400 block of Commercial Street.  The City acquired four declining single-family homes to facilitate the project.  EPA Brownfields Assessment Grant funds alleviated potential contamination concerns associated with nearby auto-oriented operations.  The investment will have an estimated… Read more »

Marina Study for Brownfields Sites

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

City Council approved a contract to provide conceptual and  preliminary designs for a marina building to be located on former River Road right-of-way near the Manatt’s plant.  An adjoining vacant lot that formerly served as a part of the nearby John Deere campus will be used for surface parking.  Environmental investigations currently being conducted on each property under the… Read more »

City Council Receives Update

Thursday, April 11, 2019

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.

Redeveloping a Brownfield?

Thursday, February 21, 2019

The City of Waterloo is here to help you!  Feel free to contact us so we can brainstorm how the EPA Brownfields program can assist with investigating your site.  Please call Noel Anderson, Community Planning and Development Director, at 319-291-4366.  No commitments!

New Brownfields Brochure Available

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

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 »

City to Investigate Weissman Steel

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

The City of Waterloo has contracted HR Green, Inc. to complete a Limited Site Investigation on the former Weissman Steel site located east of Black Hawk Creek and bound by U.S. Highway 218 and University Avenue to the north and south, respectively.  The company will assess both the surface and subsurface conditions in an effort to… Read more »

Incentives for Downtown Brownfield

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

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 »

Work Progresses on 7-Story Building

Friday, November 16, 2018

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 »

Boys and Girls Club Project Moves Forward

Thursday, August 30, 2018

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 »