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St. Paul is getting a $200,000 brownfields grant to plan the cleanup of the West Side Flats, a 120-acre riverfront area opposite downtown.
The city hopes that the area will develop into a mix of residential, commercial, industrial, office, institutional, entertainment and recreational uses.
The Environmental Protection Agency grant, announced Monday by U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum and Mayor Chris Coleman, will pay for development of a plan to address pollution in the area, much of it now vacant after decades of industrial use. The area is bounded by the Mississippi River, Hwy. 52, Plato Boulevard and Wabasha Street. It's called the West Side Flats because it occupies the level flood plain on the river's west bank.