The Free Press, Mankato, MN


February 6, 2014

Potential restaurant site to be checked for contaminants

MANKATO — A lot on the corner or Riverfront Drive and Sibley Parkway — across the street from Subway — will be studied to check for any contaminants with the site tentatively slated for a new Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant.

The land is owned by Joe Frederick Sr. who operates Buffalo Wild Wings downtown and near Home Depot on the hilltop.

The city of Mankato this week received a $30,000 grant from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development to investigate if any contaminants exist.

The area was once home to Mankato Refrigeration as well as an auto repair shop and is near the railroad tracks. For all those reasons, said Mankato Community Development Director Paul Vogel, the city wants to check the soils for any contaminants that would need to be cleaned up.

Frederick said he has no specific timeline for a new restaurant and said he is evaluating his downtown location as his lease is coming up.

DEED also awarded a $30,583 grant to Blue Earth County to investigate a five-acre site — once home of Brad's Auto Salvage — that was polluted with petroleum and other contaminants. The site, on Third Avenue on the edge of Mankato, will be redeveloped into an 11,000-square-foot office and shop for a local contractor. The developer will pay for remaining investigation activities.

The agency awarded $3.3 million from its Contamination Cleanup Grant Program for investigating or cleaning up polluted sites in the state. DEED said that statewide the projects that will create 520 jobs and retain another 6,150 jobs.

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