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EPA awards Wausau 400K in Brownfield grants for riverfront cleanup, development


WAUSAU, WI (WSAU)  -  Wausau is one of 20 communities nationwide to win Brownfield grant dollars from the Environmental Protection Agency to clean up a former industrial site and prepare it for redevelopment.

EPA Region Five Chicago office Director Susan Hedman is originally from the Wausau area. She says the city received two separate 200-thousand dollar grants. One is for hazardous material cleanup at the former Hammerblow site along the east bank of the Wisconsin River downtown. The other 200-thousand dollar grant is to formulate a redevelopment plan for that site.

Hedman says Wausau’s past record with Brownfield grants helped them in a very competitive process.

Mayor Jim Tipple says the riverfront redevelopment of the past shows Wausau will spend the federal grant wisely.  Tipple says the city is talking with developers about the Hammerblow site, but it’s early in the process.  He says whatever ends up along the riverfront will be a development that has multiple uses and compliments other developments and existing downtown features.

The timeline for starting the cleanup at the site was not announced.