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Manitowoc awarded federal Brownfield grant

Downtown Manitowoc (courtesy of WikiCommons).
Downtown Manitowoc (courtesy of WikiCommons).

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.