Cleaning Up the Waterfront: Mayor Pawlowski announces EPA Grant

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Historic Neuweiler Brewery

The City of Allentown will receive a $365,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to help cleanup two sites, Mayor Pawlowski recently announced.

The funds will be spent on environmental cleanup of the waterfront and South 10th Street corridor including the historic Neuweiler Brewery and Allentown Metal Works sites.

“This is another important step in the revitalization of both areas,” said Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski.   “The Waterfront Project is important to the revival of Front Street and the city, and in conjunction with the continued cleanup efforts the waterfront redevelopment will provide significant job creation opportunities while restoring environmental integrity to this area.  Likewise, it is important to get the Allentown Metal Works property back into productive use.”

The abandoned beer brewery sits on 2.3 acres of land and contains six contiguous buildings. The site cleanup will include the abatement of asbestos; removal and disposal of hazardous and non-hazardous waste; and securing the site to prevent future waste. The cleanup should begin soon.

The U.S. EPA previously approved more than $565,000 in a Revolving Loan Fund for the Neuweiler project which is supplemented by the new grant of $365,000.

Allentown Metal Works closed its doors last year leaving the property vacant. Negotiations to sell the property have failed in part over insufficient environmental information.

The city’s allocation is part of $69.3 million in grants awarded recently across the country for new investments to provide communities with funding necessary to clean and redevelop contaminated properties, boost local economies and create jobs while protecting public health. Seven awards were made in Pennsylvania totaling $4.465m.