IPR Highlights Youth Sports Facility

Thursday, November 2, 2023

Iowa Public Radio (IPR) featured Waterloo’s newest brownfields project in a recent story (https://www.iowapublicradio.org/ipr-news/2023-11-01/youth-sports-complex-proposed-for-waterloo-brownfield-site). The City is partnering with Waterloo Development Corporation (WDC) to construct a $32 million youth sports facility on a portion of the John Deere campus on Westfield Avenue. The lot has been vacant for nearly 20 years following demolition of several… Read more »

Brownfields Project Wins National Award

Tuesday, August 22, 2023

DETROIT, MI – This month the City of Waterloo received a Phoenix Award at the National Brownfields Conference in Detroit, Michigan. The honor recognizes the Jefferson Street Corridor for extraordinary brownfield redevelopment. A brownfield is a former industrial or commercial site where future use is affected by real or perceived environmental contamination. The City’s project… Read more »

City to Host a Brownfields Outreach Booth

Thursday, September 22, 2022

The City will have a booth at the Waterloo Urban Farmers Market held on Wednesday, September 28 in conjunction with the Iowa League of Cities conference.  The event will offer interested citizens an opportunity to learn more about its brownfields program and offer critical feedback on future initiatives.  The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)… Read more »

New Video Highlights Brownfields Program

Monday, August 22, 2022

The City has released a new promotional brownfields video. The piece highlights Waterloo’s impressive history of using state and federal funds to help transition potentially impaired properties into community assets. Interviews include Noel Anderson, Community Planning and Development Director for the City of Waterloo; Mel Pins, Program Coordinator for the Iowa Brownfield Redevelopment Program for the Iowa… Read more »

City Secures EPA TBA Assistance for Rath

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently approved a technical services application to further investigate the former Rath Meat Packing Plant located along Sycamore Street in downtown Waterloo. The 5.5-acre property contains an 8-story building totaling over 700,000 square feet of space currently used for cold storage. EPA’s Targeted Brownfields Assistance (TBA) program will fund… Read more »

Transformation Tuesdays!

Saturday, February 19, 2022

The City initiated its “Transformation Tuesdays” social media campaign on February 15, 2022.  The weekly posts highlight various brownfields success stories on both Facebook and LinkedIn.  They can be viewed at the following links: https://www.linkedin.com/company/city-of-waterloo-iowa/ https://www.facebook.com/WaterlooIACityHall

Former Marquart Redeveloped

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Rite Environmental, Inc. has completed its renovation of the former Marquart facility located at 110 Dunham Place. The sprawling complex totals over 14 acres across several city blocks near the Cedar River. The long-time concrete products manufacturer stopped production in the mid-2010s when its owner consolidated operations elsewhere in the community. Although the site included… Read more »

Riverfront Mixed-Use Building Opens

Thursday, July 8, 2021

Art Bloc has officially opened. The 7-story structure features 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. The project is located on the former Waterloo Gasoline Engine Company site and near the former Waterloo Gas and Electric Light… Read more »

Grant Helps Expand Residential Options

Friday, March 19, 2021

The City of Waterloo entered into an acquisition contract with the owner of a 1.3-acre wooded lot located at the southern end of Fairfield Street. The undeveloped land, when combined with an adjoining parcel owned by the City, will allow for the development of a 5-lot residential subdivision. EPA Brownfields Program funds facilitated the transaction… Read more »

Download a Brownfields Brochure!

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Interested citizens can now download a copy of the City’s brownfields brochure. The informative tool 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; offers redevelopment success stories; answers frequently asked questions;… Read more »