2017 CPEO Brownfields List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Fri, 1 Dec 2017 23:31:23 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-brownfields
Subject: [CPEO-BIF] Iowa Steel, Iowa Iron Works, and Quality Chef sites, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Cedar Rapids recognized for environmental cleanup in NewBo
Phoenix Award to be presented to city next week

by B.A. Morelli 
Cedar Rapids Gazette (IA)
November 30, 2017

CEDAR RAPIDS - A national environmental award has been bestowed upon Cedar Rapids for the cleanup of old industrial waste sites that spawned the rebirth in the New Bohemia District.


In its application, Cedar Rapids highlighted the redevelopment of 12 acres where the old Iowa Steel, Iowa Iron Works and Quality Chef factories once stood. 

The Iowa Steel buildings had been vacant from 1982 until the city acquired and demolished them in 2001. The Iowa Iron Works buildings were abandoned after the factory closed in 1996, and bought and demolished in 2001. Quality Chef moved in 1996 and its building sat vacant until 2005, when the city demolished the abandoned structure. 

Cleaning up the land tainted by hazardous waste was delayed by the 2008 flood. In 2009, 1,430 tons of contaminated soil was removed from the Iowa Iron Works and Iowa Steel sites.


For the entire article, see


Lenny Siegel
Executive Director
Center for Public Environmental Oversight
a project of the Pacific Studies Center
P.O. Box 998, Mountain View, CA 94042
Voice/Fax: 650/961-8918 

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