Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will present a $500,000 ceremonial check to the City of Fort Dodge as part of the Brownfields Assessment Grant.
The target area for this grant is the city’s downtown, but can be used community wide.
Fort Dodge Community and Economic Development Director Vickie Reeck says the number one priority is the Warden Plaza and seeing what type of contamination is in there. She says assessing that will help with future development.
The Warden Plaza is still owned by a company based in Missouri.
Community-wide grant funds will be used to conduct 20 Phase I and seven Phase II environmental site assessments. Grant funds also will be used to conduct area-wide planning, cleanup planning, and community outreach activities.
“EPA is proud to once again partner with Fort Dodge,” said EPA Region 7 Land, Chemical, and Redevelopment Division Director Jeff Robichaud. “This grant will add to the city’s ongoing efforts to provide a cleaner environment and spur economic growth in the region.”
“The redevelopment of brownfield sites is not economically feasible without the assistance of our partners at EPA,” Reeck says. “Fort Dodge is excited to continue the long-standing relationship with our friends at Region 7, as we begin our next Community-Wide Assessment Grant.”