City of New Holstein secures $1.16 million in grant funding for Tecumseh site redevelopment
New Holstein, WI- TSX, NYSE: STN: The City of New Holstein, through the support of design and engineering firm Stantec, has secured $1.16 million in state and federal grants for the planned Tecumseh site redevelopment. Awarded funds will facilitate demolition of the former Tecumseh Industrial building to enable the city’s vision for redevelopment of the 40-acre site into a vibrant mixed-use development that promotes economic development and community engagement.
The Tecumseh Plant, formerly one of the largest employers in Calumet County, closed its doors in 2007. Tecumseh sold the Plant to a local custom metal fabricator that ceased operations in 2009. The Plant sat idle until 2017 when the City of New Holstein acquired the property through tax foreclosure. Since that time, the City has been working diligently to acquire funding to demolish the 400,000 square foot structure and position the property for redevelopment. “This has been a work in progress for many years. The City Council and CDA members have been extremely active to get to this phase of the project and are looking forward to the redevelopment phase of the project. This site will open new opportunities for our community,” said Casey Langenfeld, City Administrator.
Funding has been provided through the Idle Sites Redevelopment Grant and the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)-CLOSE program. The Idle Sites Redevelopment Grant is sponsored through the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation for the redevelopment of sites that have been idle, abandoned, or underutilized. The CDBG-CLOSE program is administered by Calumet County via US Department of Housing and Urban Development funding that is directed for affordable housing, suitable living environments, and expanded economic opportunities for persons with low and moderate incomes.
“This funding is critical in enabling the City of New Holstein to transform this underutilized site and further complement the nearby downtown,” said Stu Gross, Stantec Senior Project Manager. “By razing the existing building and creating a shovel-ready property, the site will be positioned for redevelopment and more attractive to potential developers.”
Building demolition is scheduled to occur in mid-2021.
As the city’s consultant for the Tecumseh site, Stantec has been instrumental in providing grant writing, demolition planning assistance, and market analysis to support the City’s redevelopment goals for this property. The Stantec team brings longstanding experience in environmental consulting and brownfield redevelopment, with recent projects including the 13-acre multi-use Shipyard redevelopment in Green Bay, the 20.1-acre River Point District in Manitowoc, the six-story, 82-unit apartment in Hartford known as Rincon 225, and the conversion of a century old tannery into “loft style” apartments known as Badger State Lofts in Sheboygan. Stantec leverages in-house multidisciplinary capabilities – environmental scientists, water resource specialists, planners, engineers, and comprehensive funding services specialists – to help clients across the country secure more than 130 EPA and state brownfield grants, totaling more than $50 million. To learn more about Stantec’s capabilities, visit: https://www.stantec.com/en/services/remediation-and-revitalization
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About the City of New Holstein
While the countryside provides beautiful scenery and great recreation, the city is a special place to raise a family, make a home and do business. Its unique location within a 30-mile radius of Manitowoc, Sheboygan, Fond du Lac and Appleton provides easy access to these larger cities. With a growing population of more than 3300, New Holstein has an excellent school system, a municipal airport, beautiful parks, a viable manufacturing employment base and is a desirable location for all ages. Our best days are ahead of us. Come to New Holstein for the good life at work and play. Visit our website www.cityofnewholstein.org