Governor Doyle Announces $1.7 Million in Brownfields Grants to Jump-Start Redevelopment in 31 Communities

MADISON – Governor Jim Doyle announced $1.7 million in grants to assess contamination at abandoned or underused properties in 31 communities across the state.  Brownfields Site Assessment Grants provide seed money to local governments for demolition, environmental assessments and removal of abandoned tanks and containers.


 “The cleanup and safe reuse of brownfield properties is about more than just renewing damaged or vacant land, it also helps spur additional reinvestment in these communities over the long haul,” Governor Doyle said. “These grants will help grow Wisconsin by offering cities, towns, villages and counties a chance to revitalize their urban centers.”


The site assessment grants will fund 46 projects that help redevelop brownfields, which are abandoned, idle, or underused industrial or commercial properties where redevelopment is hindered by real or perceived contamination.  The grants will provide funds for environmental activities on 230 acres of land including 69 site assessments and investigations, the demolition of 74 buildings or structures and the removal of more than 37 tanks, drums and other abandoned containers.  More than 20 grants were awarded to rural communities looking to spur economic growth in less populated areas. 


To date, approximately $11.6 million has been awarded to 180 communities to begin investigation and cleanup on 1,185 acres.  These activities included 648 site assessments and investigations, the removal of more than 440 storage tanks, and the demolition of more than 450 structures and buildings.


Local governments have pledged more than $1.9 million in additional funds for these projects, far above the 20 percent match required through the application process.


The following local governments are receiving grants: 


Cities, Towns, Villages and Counties

City of Algoma                                  Riverfront Redevelopment                              $30,000

City of Antigo                                    McMillion Hotel                                                $17,000

City of Beloit                                     Harris Ace Hardware Site                               $30,000

Village of Cambria                            Robin Hendrickson Property                           $25,250

Village of Clinton                              Former Doug’s Garage                                   $25,000

Village of Cross Plains                     Zander’s Creamery                                         $69,612*

City of Janesville                              803 South Jackson Street                              $30,000

City of Kaukauna                              Former Gunderson Cleaners                         $25,000

City of Kenosha                               4710 47th Avenue                                           $29,750

City of Kenosha                               4722 47th Avenue                                           $29,750

City of Kenosha                               3604 67th Street – Parrone Site                     $29,875

City of Kenosha                               Poltrock Site                                                    $29,875

City of Lake Mills                              621 E. Lake Street                                          $30,000

City of Manitowoc                             Former Mirro Manufacturing                           $18,120*

City of Manitowoc                             Automobile Service Facility –                          $29,800

Lakeview Centre Mall

City of Marinette                               Colonial Building Property                               $30,000

City of Milwaukee                             104 E. Nash Street                                         $20,000

City of Milwaukee                             Rodgers Lab                                                   $28,000

City of Milwaukee                             1232-40 W. Fond du Lac Avenue                   $29,990

City of Milwaukee                             3500 W. Burleigh St.                                       $29,990

Village of N. Fond du Lac                 Lakeshore Redevelopment                             $17,600

City of Peshtigo                                Former Badger Paper Mill                               $50,000

Town of Plover                                 Robert Becker Property                                  $52,388

City of Portage                                 Mael Property                                                  $55,000

City of Prairie du Chien                    Herreid Parcel                                                 $30,000

City of Prairie du Chien                    Quality Wood Redevelopment                        $75,000

City of Richland Center                    254 E. Haseltine Street                                   $30,000

Village of Waunakee                        American Legion Parcel                                 $30,000

City of Wisconsin Dells                   Nemitz Laundry                                               $30,000

City of Wisconsin Rapids                RCH Enterprises                                            $30,000


Redevelopment and Community Development Authorities (RDAs and CDAs)

City of Appleton RDA                       Eagle Supply & Plastics                                 $30,000

City of Ashland HA                           Roffers Construction – Beaser Red.              $100,000

City of Chilton RDA                          Larson Cleaners Property                              $28,500

Village of Grafton CDA                     Goodman Building                                          $24,875

City of Green Bay RDA                    Larsen Canning Redevelopment                    $30,000

RDA of Milwaukee                            2721 N. Martin Luther King Drive                    $17,000

RDA of Milwaukee                            2307-09 N. 6th Street                          $25,000

RDA of Milwaukee                            1638-40 N. 31st Street                                    $30,000

City of Oconto CDA                         Kelly Pickle Redev. (Parcels A,B,C)               $100,000

City of Oshkosh RDA                      Marathon Station & Heis Bakery                     $78,500

City of Prairie du Chien RDA           Former Joe’s Service Station                         $30,000

City of West Allis CDA                     Former Mykonos Restaurant                          $29,875

City of West Allis CDA                     Plating Engineering Company                        $29,875

City of West Allis CDA                     Power House (Allis Chalmers)                       $29,875

City of West Allis CDA                     101 Block (Former Pressed Steel)                 $99,500

City of Whitewater CDA                   Former 5-Points One Stop                             $30,000


*Indicates partial funding