Monday, May 20, 2024

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) has awarded the City of Waterloo an FY 2025 Multipurpose Brownfields Grant for $1 million to carry out a range of assessment and cleanup activities on targeted properties. 178 communities across the United States received 181 grants totaling $231 million in funding.  The City was one of ten recipients in EPA Region 7 that includes Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska. The City has now received $4.59 million in brownfields program funding since 2000.

Waterloo has a long history of returning former brownfields properties back to productive re-uses that benefit the entire community. Recent examples include the conversion of a vacant machinery manufacturer into a $7.4 million Public Works Department facility, the $4 million rehabilitation of a former Wonder Bread bakery into a brewery, the construction of a $7 million riverfront condominium project in a historically light industrial neighborhood, and the siting of a $27.5 million city-owned recreation center on several former auto-oriented businesses and vacant structures impacted by significant flooding in 2008.

Read the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier press release here.