Riverfront Bluffs receives $458,000 cleanup grant
Met Council awards grant through Livable Communities program
The City of Shakopee was one of five communities to receive cleanup grants that promote redevelopment of contaminated land and buildings.
The funds will be used to clean up the site of the Riverfront Bluffs development in downtown Shakopee. The $458,600 grant will be used for abatement at a 1.9-acre site that includes a mix of vacant residential and commercial buildings. The site was formerly home to a limestone quarry on northwest corner that was later filled with uncontrolled fill and debris, resulting in soil contamination.
The Riverfront Bluffs development site will eventually house 170 market-rate apartments with 6,400 square feet of commercial space.
The grant is part of the Metropolitan Council’s Livable Communities program, a voluntary, incentive-based approach to helping communities invest in economic development and housing choices and promote connections between transportation options and land use.
The Met Council awarded $3 million in polluted-site cleanup grants and $500,000 in additional grants that promote redevelopment and economic opportunity in the region for a total of 12 projects.
“Now in its 25th year, the Livable Communities program has been critical in helping to lend public sector confidence in development projects and leverage other public and private investment,” said Council Chair Charlie Zelle. “By any measure, the program has been a success at facilitating and contributing to investment in economic opportunity.”
More information about the Riverfront Bluffs development is available at www.ShakopeeMN.gov/currentdevelopment.