The Liberty Square Redevelopment Area comprises approximately 340 commercial, industrial and residential properties over an area of approximately 220 acres adjacent to and southwest of the downtown central business district. This once vibrant part of the City had fallen into a state of disrepair and stigmatized development largely due to the perceived presence of environmental contaminants in the corridor.
HR Green worked with the City and regional economic development organizations to leverage EPA Brownfield Assessment Grants and Cleanup Funds to identify and cleanup known contaminants. The redevelopment effort was also linked to the reconstruction of the US Highway 30/67 corridor and HR Green facilitated the acquisition of properties, including a former railroad facility as part of a comprehensive redevelopment effort.
Additionally, HR Green worked with the City and regional economic development organizations to leverage EPA Brownfield Assessment Grants and Cleanup Funds to identify and cleanup known contaminants. The City received a $100,000 grant from EPA to investigate UST sites that were not being investigated by state UST programs. The UST Field site that were found to be contaminated have been enrolled in the state’s Innocent Landowner’s UST Program for assessment and cleanup. HR Green continues to work with the City to help market and attract sustainable businesses to the corridor that embrace the high volume traffic volumes and complement existing land uses.