FORT WAYNE - The Indiana Brownfields Program and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have approved more than $283,000 in grants for the removal of 2,400 tons of potentially contaminated soils on the former OmniSource North River site in Fort Wayne. Soils testing completed in 2007, 2013 and 2017 showed that some soils on the 29-acre site are impacted by man made chemicals and lead.

Work is expected to begin in August and is being conducted by environmental company IWM Consulting, contracted by the Indiana Brownfields Program.

 Earthwork is slated for completion in October, however groundwater monitoring will continue for one year.

“The North River property has sat untouched and blighted for more than a decade, and now the City has the opportunity to ensure its proper clean-up and redevelopment,” said Nancy Townsend, redevelopment director. “We are grateful for our partnership with the Indiana Brownfields Program and the EPA, which will help us turn this 29-acre site into an asset for Riverfront Fort Wayne and our entire community.”

It is likely that more remediation will be needed at the property, however how much and what kind will depend upon the development and end use of the property.