ST. PAUL, MN (KDAL) - The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has awarded nearly $5.3 million in grants to investigate or clean up contaminated sites for projects around the state that will create 1,146 jobs and retain another 339 jobs. The grants were awarded under the agency's Contamination Cleanup Grant Program for 14 projects in Baudette, Brooklyn Center, Duluth, Eagan, Hopkins, Hutchinson, Minneapolis and St. Paul. In Duluth, DEDA is being awarded $303,787 in cleanup funds for the Stryker Bay redevelopment site, 6.65-acres contaminated with lead, cyanide and volatile organic compounds. Previous activity on the site includes coke and coal refining and meatpacking. It will be redeveloped into a 7,200-square-foot, slab-on-grade building that will function as an office, warehouse and fabrication shop for a local company. The new development will create four jobs, retain one job, increase the tax base by $20,859 and leverage about $500,000 in private investment. The developer will pay remaining cleanup activities.
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