Grant to help clean Marathon site

The city of Waconia received its first-ever Livable Communities grant for polluted site clean up on the site of the vacant Marathon gas station on Highway 5.
The $15,000 grant will help pay the costs of assessing the soil and developing a response plan. Once the contamination is addressed, plans call for construction of commercial space for multiple tenants.
The Metropolitan Council recently awarded eight grants for contamination investigation, which precedes the clean-up work that eventually leads to affordable housing and future development and job growth.  Other sites awarded are located in Minneapolis.
“Brownfield clean-up grants are a subset of the Livable Communities grants the Council awards annually that help promote community vitality and economic prosperity,” said Livable Communities program manager Paul Burns. “The grants the Council awarded this week are specifically directed at funding the investigation into the extent of contamination at the various sites and developing a clean-up plan.”
Since the mid-90s, when the program was enacted, the Met Council has awarded more than $93 million to polluted site clean-up projects, helping to clean up more than 2,000 acres.