IRRRB Commissioner Tony Sertich announces Community Redevelopment Grant Awards

December 02, 2011

EVELETH, Minnesota – Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board (IRRRB) Commissioner Tony Sertich today announced $820,000 in Community Redevelopment grants to be awarded. 

Community Redevelopment funds are designated for the demolition and removal of commercial buildings or publicly-owned structures, or the cleanup of Brownfields sites. These projects should make way for potential new development, new business, or green space. 

The communities of Coleraine, Effie, Ely, Gilbert, Grand Rapids, Ironton, Hibbing and Virginia will utilize the grants for demolition, hazardous waste and material removal, site improvements, and blight elimination. Each community contributes funding from other sources in a partnership with the IRRRB. 

Sertich said, “In order to build new, sometimes you have to first clean up what is already there. These grants will greatly benefit our local communities by paving the way for a cleaner, healthier environment, new construction, and a broader property tax-base.” 

The $820,000 in grants leverages more than $6 million in project costs.

Organization

Grant Award

City of Coleraine – Demolition and site improvements of the old Lakeview Cemetery building and an apartment building within the city’s First Addition residential area.

$ 30,000

City of Coleraine – Demolition and site improvements of the old Oliver Mining building and  commercial structures across the street from city hall and Greenway of Coleraine High School.

   100,000

City of Effie – Demolition and site improvements of the former North Itasca Electric Cooperative building adjacent to a new retail complex.

10,000

City of Ely – Demolition and site improvements of the former SMDC clinic near city hall

65,000

City of Ely – Demolition and site improvements of the old Pamida building

70,000

City of Gilbert – Demolition and site improvements of the Risky Business bar and Gilbert bar

60,000

City of Grant Rapids – Demolition and site improvements at the former St. Joseph’s Catholic church, rectory and school on Northwest Second Avenue.

250,000

City of Ironton – Demolition and site improvements of concrete slabs and walls at a former business site for development of housing on the site

13,000

City of Hibbing – Demolition and site improvements for the DuPont shell at Carey Lake, the North wastewater treatment plant, John Spanish warehouse, Laitala Accounting and south half of Sunrise Bakery

136,000

City of Virginia – Demolition and site improvements for the old Culligan building near Silver Lake, the Credit Bureau on 5th Avenue, and the old ICO building on Chestnut Street

86,000

Total

$820,000


Grant guidelines and additional information can be found at www.irrrb.org. 

IRRRB is a state economic development agency headquartered in northeastern Minnesota whose mission is to invest in business, community and workforce development for the betterment of northeastern Minnesota.