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former Atlas Cement plant

former Atlas Cement plant
Duluth Economic Development Authority

maximizing brownfields funding sets the stage for further redevelopment

The Atlas Cement plant was built in the early 1900s and demolished by the early 1990s. Redevelopment focused on the southwestern portion of the site for construction of IKONICS Corporation’s new 33,000-square-foot production facility.

Barr helped the Duluth Economic Development Authority prepare a successful Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development brownfields cleanup grant application for $579,000. We then provided additional soil investigation activities and assisted in planning response actions that could be undertaken economically during site grading and construction. We also advised DEDA staff on ways to maximize use of the grant for necessary cleanup activities, and—based on a close review of site data—ways to minimize off-site soil-disposal costs. Barr staff members also provided construction observation during cleanup activities.

Because all of the cleanup actions were clearly described in the grant agreement, all costs were eligible for reimbursement. The project was completed under budget and set the stage for redevelopment of the site’s remaining 49 acres.