MANITOWOC, WI (WTAQ) - Officials in Manitowoc say they’ve been given a “great opportunity,” after the federal EPA awarded the city a million dollars to help clean up polluted business and industrial sites.
Manitowoc is the only Wisconsin city to receive a federal Brownfield grant.
Only 13 places throughout the country were given similar awards.
Manitowoc plans to create a revolving loan fund, from which business sites can borrow money for their cleanups. When it’s paid back, the city will loan it out to other projects – and in the meantime, the cash in the revolving fund will keep generating interest.
Manitowoc City Planner David Less says several properties have been identified for cleanups. They include a vacant mall, an old junkyard, and a manufacturing site that used to make coatings for metal.
That industrial site is being taken over by the city.