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news New Richmond, 54017
New Richmond Wisconsin 127 South Knowles Avenue 54017

The village of Baldwin has been awarded a $56,600 site assessment grant from the state Department of Natural Resources to conduct environmental site assessment work, demolition and asbestos abatement associated with demolition at the former Thompson Property at 702 Main Street.

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Vacant for over a year, contamination on the site comes from businesses operated prior to its most recent use as a refrigerator sales and repair venture. Residue from a gas station, auto repair business and battery cracking will be addressed by the grant funds. Built in the 1880s, the property is strategically located in the village's downtown historic district.

Village officials hope to remediate the property for commercial development.

Brownfields are abandoned, idle or under-utilized properties where redevelopment has been hindered because former commercial or industrial use might have left contamination.

Baldwin is one of the 29 communities mentioned by Gov. Jim Doyle earlier this year in announcing $1.7 million in brownfield grants for 2009.

"The cleanup and safe reuse of brownfield properties is about more than just renewing damaged or vacant land," said Gov. Jim Doyle. "It also helps spur additional reinvestment in these communities and create jobs for hardworking Wisconsin families."

More than half of the site assessment grants this year are being awarded to rural communities.

All local government units 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 application deadline will occur in the fall of 2009.

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