This will be the second attempt the foundation has made for Brownfield grants from the federal agency for the cleanup work estimated to cost nearly
The application process includes hosting a meeting for the public to learn about the project and offer comments. That meeting is scheduled for
In the fiscal year 2015 round of funding, three
The land for the event and recreation center is about 25 acres on the south side of
Using old Sanborn fire insurance maps, the foundation researched the property's history back to the mid-1800s and found it has had many different industrial uses. The land had been home to a sawmill, metal foundry, box and crate factory, streetcar and bus garage, filling station, farm equipment dealership, boat factory and even a few houses.
Soil borings found chemicals and metals, including benzene and lead that exceed standards for human contact in a nonindustrial setting.
Removing the contaminated soil or employing methods to cleanse it of unwanted materials would cost an estimated
"Given the intermingled nature of the contamination at the site, it will be difficult during site excavation to differentiate between clean and contaminated material," the application stated.
The foundation is proposing that a barrier be installed atop the contaminated soil and then capped with 27,400 cubic yards of clean soil that will also raise the property out of the 100-year flood plain. This option has an estimated cost of
The foundation would pitch in
As planned, the complex would have a 130,000-square-foot event center and a 150,000-square-foot recreation facility, which will serve the university, the
Fundraising for the complex with an estimated
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