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 »

Committee Selects Consultant

Friday, February 12, 2021

The City’s brownfield selection committee has chosen HR Green, Inc. to implement its EPA Brownfields Assessment Grant.  These funds help the community inventory, characterize, assess, and conduct cleanup planning on underutilized sites throughout Waterloo.  A special emphasis is being placed on properties located within the Broadway Street Corridor and the urban core.  Officials anticipate being able to complete approximately… Read more »

Former Bulk Oil Facility Comes Down

Monday, November 9, 2020

Demolition activities at 120 Center Street started on November 9, 2020. The City plans to further investigate the former bulk oil plant and welding supply shop under its EPA Brownfields Assessment Grant prior to redevelopment.

Historic Building Comes Back to Life

Monday, November 2, 2020

Renovation on the upper two floors of the historic former Freidl bakery building is complete. The mixed-use project converted the space into 12 unique condominiums with with stunning views of downtown. Work continues on finishing the first floor commercial areas for future tenants.  The building, located at 302 Commercial Street, is within an emerging entertainment… Read more »

City to Demolish 120 Center Street

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

City officials will vote on two separate contracts related to the blighted property at their meeting on September 8, 2020. The City plans to remove asbestos prior to the demolition of remaining structures to help facilitate its redevelopment. IDNR provided a 50 percent cost share ($6,290) for the abatement activities. Federal funds from an EPA… Read more »

Friedl Bakery Awarded Tax Credits

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) has awarded the former Friedl Bakery project $839,741 in historic preservation tax credits. The program provides a state income tax credit for rehabilitation of historic buildings. It is designed to promote the retention of unique, character defining buildings and building features that contribute to a community and neighborhood. Rehabilitation must… Read more »

EPA Awards $300,000 to City

Thursday, May 7, 2020

U.S. EPA awarded the City of Waterloo an FY 2020 Hazardous Substances and Petroleum Assessment Grant to investigate sites with actual or perceived contamination. 151 communities across the United States received 155 grants totaling $65.6 million in funding.  The City was one of eight recipients in EPA Region 7 that includes Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska…. Read more »