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 »

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 »

Incentives for 6Comm

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

City Council approved additional incentives for the construction of a new 5-story building located at 801-805 Commercial Street on the former flea market site. The development agreement provides 20 years of 75% tax abatement on the former brownfield property. The 5-story structure will include both residential and commercial components and is expected to open in… Read more »

Revitalization Through EPA Grants

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

The City closes out its FY16 EPA Brownfields Assessment Grant today. It marks the end of another successful brownfield initiative for the community. The Assessment Grants remain a crucial linchpin in the City’s ability to return blighted properties back to productive reuses. Investigations conducted with the funds cleared 17.07 acres which leveraged nearly $8.7 million… Read more »

Brownfields Transformations

Thursday, February 13, 2020

EPA has awarded the City of Waterloo $2.65 million in brownfields grants since 2000. These funds have helped inventory, prioritize, assess, and cleanup numerous blighted properties across the community. Here are a few of our favorite “before and after” photographs. Cedar Valley SportsPlex City of Waterloo Public Works Building Grand Crossing 1 and 2 SingleSpeed… Read more »