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Brownfields Grant Program

Bancroft Dairy, Madison

WEDC contributed $459,529 toward a $31 million redevelopment project including housing, retail and a health care facility on the former Bancroft Dairy site. The dairy plant had closed 10 years prior, and the 1.64-acre site had residual soil contamination, which required disposal and capping.

Downtown Mall Site, Stevens Point

WEDC contributed $212,000 in site assessment and brownfields funding toward a $7.6 million project to renovate a failed downtown mall into an office and educational campus. The site was formerly home to a dry cleaning facility, which was destroyed by a fire. The site is now home to Mid-State Technical College and office space for 150 workers, and has also helped catalyze additional downtown projects including renovation of a historic theater, construction of a new hotel and improvements at other downtown properties. Additional project funding included CDBG and TIF funds.

Elven Sted, Stoughton

WEDC contributed $200,000 towards a $5.6 million project to convert a contaminated 2.5-acre riverfront site into 33 units of affordable housing. The project also received TIF financing from the city, which also spent $192,000 to acquire several parcels to assemble the site. Former uses included automotive and manufacturing. Remediation included the removal and disposal of 1,694 tons of soil contaminated with arsenic, lead, benzene and PAHS, and the introduction of backfill and an asphalt cap on portions of the property.

Grafton Lumberyard, Grafton

WEDC contributed $336,815 toward a $17 million project to clean and redevelop a 4.6-acre site in Grafton. A former lumberyard, printing company and auto repair site had resulted in various types of contamination including PAH, PCB, arsenic and PCE, requiring a mix of disposal and capping. The village worked for a decade to assemble the 13 properties and address remediation needs for the entire corridor. Following cleanup and an RFP, the village transferred property to a developer for 72 apartments and 10,000 square feet of commercial space. Anticipated future phases include additional retail, office and market-rate residential.

Royster Clark, Madison

The vacant 27-acre Royster Clark property was assembled and targeted for a mixed-use development. Remediation costs for the former fertilizer manufacturing site were in excess of $4 million, including demolition of structures and extensive soil work. WEDC contributed $400,000 toward these costs. The project later received an additional $534,000 in Idle Sites Redevelopment Grant funding as part of the $50 million development phase.

Skana Aluminum, Manitowoc

WEDC contributed $650,000 toward a $13 million project to clean up and enable reuse of the former Mirro Manufacturing plant. As a result of the project, Skana Aluminum brought 110 jobs to the site. PECFA funds were also used for the project.

St. Ann Center, Milwaukee

WEDC contributed $147,438 toward a $5 million project to transition a vacant 7.5-acre brownfield into an 88,000-square-foot intergenerational care facility in inner-city Milwaukee. The site, vacant for more than two decades, included 27 separate parcels spanning two city blocks. Brownfields funds helped to contain and cap soils contaminated with PAH and other chemicals. The project also utilized PECFA funds for additional cleanup.

Sweetwater Apartments, Milwaukee

WEDC contributed $499,970 toward a $40 million project to create 291 apartment units in four buildings on the site of the former Sweet Water Organics property, a site with a long history of metal fabrication activity. Site cleanup included removal and capping to address a number of contaminants including PAHs, RCRA metals and PCBs, as well as asbestos abatement and demolition. The introduction of residential uses also required installation of a sub-slab venting system.

UWM Innovation Campus, Wauwatosa

WEDC contributed $762,500 in two grants (Site Assessment and Brownfields) toward a $100 million project to create an innovation campus on an 89-acre site in Wauwatosa. An additional $12 million in TIF funding was provided by the city. The grant facilitated cleanup of the site of a former hospital and children’s home on which foundry sand was discovered. EPA funds were also used in the project. Today, the site includes an innovation accelerator, office space and a hotel.

Zander Creamery, Cross Plains

WEDC contributed $6,225 in a Site Assessment Grant for the former Zander Creamery property, which had been vacant for more than a decade. The information from the assessment allowed for the successful redevelopment of the site, which was awarded an additional $288,130 in Brownfields Grant funding from WEDC for remediation costs (primarily cleanup of soil contaminated with arsenic, lead and petroleum) as part of the project. The final project resulted in a three-story, 45-unit apartment building, and represented $4.6 million in private investment, with additional city investment of $1.1 million.

City of Neenah

After a historic paper mill in downtown Neenah closed in 2006, the 16-acre site was in danger of becoming an eyesore that lowered property values and hindered economic development.