Waconia will receive a $15,000 Metropolitan Council grant to begin cleaning up polluted soil at a former Marathon gas station on Hwy. 5.
The grant will be used to assess the extent of pollution and to develop a cleanup plan. Once those problems have been addressed, Waconia will build commercial space there for multiple tenants.
The grant is one of eight that the Met Council awarded last week as part of its Livable Communities program. The other sites in the latest round of funding are all located in Minneapolis and include other former gas stations, a dry cleaner, a vacant one-acre site at Heritage Park, and asbestos and lead-based paint contamination at five apartment buildings.
Metro-area cities compete for the funding, which helps to prepare sites for economic and job development, or to upgrade housing so that it's safe and affordable.
Since the mid-1990s, more than $93 million has been awarded to help clean up more than 2,000 acres in the Twin Cities metro area.