In March I wrote about how the city is spending up to $1.9 million to clean up a former industrial site officials bought at 2731 36th St. The pricetag on that project went up after workers discovered there was quite a bit more contaminated dirt than expected — 10,000 tons instead of 6,000.
The land is next to — but not a part of — the city’s multi-million dollar Riverfront Project. Right now, the 2.5 acres of land sits vacant. The city purchased it in 1991 for $1.5 million as part of a larger acquisition. The city may sell it down the line.
City leaders recently approved $200,000 more for the clean up. What confused me about this whole episode is why the pricetag on the council information suddenly listed a price of $2.9 million.
City spokeswoman Kate Reardon explained that the bigger price tag actually includes two parts of the project — the clean up and removal of the soil. The up to $1.9 million number given to me in March was just the price of the removal of the soil.