Meeting Scheduled for Cleanup Grant

Friday, October 28, 2022

On November 22, 2022 the City of Waterloo will be submitting a U.S. Environmental Protection AgencyBrownfields Cleanup Grant application for the former Rath Building located at 1442 Sycamore Street inBlack Hawk County, Waterloo, IA. The public meeting for this grant application will take place at Waterloo City Hall in the Mollenhoff Conference Room, 715 Mulberry… 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »