The city of Mankato was awarded a Contamination Investigation and Cleanup Grant in the amount of $49,162 from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).

The grant will be used for updated environmental testing to determine whether remediation will be required at the former location of the Public Works Garage, 221 Lamm St. The 5.04-acre site is the location of a proposed redevelopment project, which includes 108 units of Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) apartments, nine workforce townhomes and 7,500 square feet of commercial space. Matching funds will be paid for by the developer, Cohen-Esrey Development Group.

“This site has been an area targeted for redevelopment,” said Courtney Kramlinger, Economic Development Specialist with the city of Mankato. “This grant will assist us in moving this project forward and expanding housing options in the community.”

DEED’s Contamination Investigation and Cleanup Grant program helps communities pay for assessing and cleaning up contaminated sites for private and public redevelopment. Grants cover up to 75% of the costs to remove contaminants at approved polluted sites.

For more information contact staff at 311 or 507-387-8600.