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Village of Baldwin receives $60,000 in Brownfield grants

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The village of Baldwin in St. Croix County has been awarded $60,000 in two Brownfield site assessment grants from the state Department of Natural Resources to assist in the development of an assisted care facility and senior housing.

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The grants will be used to conduct demolition, asbestos abatement and abandoned container removal and phase two environmental site assessment activities at the former Jongquist Family Kitchen site located at 1030 6th Avenue in Baldwin.

The village is one of 26 municipalities across Wisconsin to receive more than $1.5 million in Brownfield grants administered by the DNR Remediation and Redevelopment Program. Brownfield are abandoned, idle or under-utilized properties where the cleanup and redevelopment may be hindered by real or perceived contamination.

"Brownfield cleanups are a priority as the state works to spur economic development in communities throughout Wisconsin," Governor Jim Doyle said in announcing the grants.

Eighteen of the 26 grant recipients this year are rural communities.

The DNR Site Assessment Grants are awarded through an annual competition. All local governments and economic development corporations are eligible to apply for small grants up to $30,000 and large grants up to $100,000. The next annual round of applications will be available in the summer of 2010.

Detailed information about the remediation and redevelopment program is available at dnr.wi.gov/org/aw/rr.

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