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Published June 17 2010

Moorhead gets grant for cleanup project

The city of Moorhead has been awarded a $157,962 grant to remove contaminated soil from the site of a proposed redevelopment.

The grant will cover 75 percent of the budgeted cost for such things as removing soil and replacing it with clean fill in the area of the Simon Warehouse and the former Muscatell showroom/garage on Center Avenue downtown.

The Sterling Development Corp. has proposed remodeling the buildings into 95 residential units with an expected overall value of $6,650,000, said Peter Doll, Moorhead’s business and development services manager.

The grant from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development is primarily intended to deal with petroleum contamination of soil in the area that resulted from a prior use of the property.

It is common in such situations to remove old fuel tanks or petroleum-contaminated soils and replace the materials with several feet of clean fill buffer, Doll said.