Dept. of Commerce: Governor Doyle Announces Brownfields Project in Plymouth

Tony Hozeny, Department of Commerce, 608/267-9661

MADISON – Governor Jim Doyle today announced a $100,000 Department of
Commerce (Commerce) grant to the City of Plymouth to purchase and develop a
brownfields site in Plymouth.

“Through my ‘Grow Wisconsin’ plan, we are strengthening our cities by
investing in infrastructure,” Governor Doyle said. “With this grant, we will
help the City of Plymouth rehabilitate the former Kettle Lakes Cooperative
site so private development can occur.”

This grant will help the City of Plymouth develop underutilized property
within the downtown district. This is part of the city’s redevelopment plan
which includes redeveloping downtown areas to continue transforming them
into a residential neighborhood. The City of Plymouth will purchase the
property and use the funds to oversee the remediation, clear the site and
sell the property to Neal and Sharon Burkart of Plymouth. They will
construct two four-family apartment complexes with a garage. The total
project cost is $800,000.

Commerce’s Brownfields Program provides grants to municipalities, local
development corporations, and the private sector to support assessment,
remediation and return of contaminated lands to productive use. Brownfields
are abandoned, idle, or underused industrial or commercial properties where
redevelopment is hindered by real or perceived contamination. For more
information about the Brownfields Program, contact Jason Scott, Commerce, at