Money given to cleanup Rochester construction site

ROCHESTER, Minn. – A construction site in downtown Rochester will be getting a cleanup.

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) recently gave Rochester more than $425,000 to cleanup the site near East Center Street. That’s where crews are planning to build a 20-story building and also the spot where they found some dangerous chemicals. “There was ash debris, old cinder block, bits of petroleum, arsenic, lead. A lot of stuff that goes way back in history,” Senior Administrative Analyst for the city of Rochester Terry Spaeth said.

Officials believe there is no harm to the public’s health. Crews could begin work on the site to clean it up as soon as this year.

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