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CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The city of Cheyenne received a $1 million grant this week for the assessment and cleanup of contaminated properties in the capital city’s west downtown area.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant will provide money for a fund the city will use to issue loans and subgrants to clean up sites contaminated with hazardous substances and petroleum, according to an EPA media release.

The city intends to use the money in an area that includes the former Dinneen auto dealership on West Lincolnway.

The Cheyenne City Council recently voted to buy the property for a new $25 million Public Safety Center to house the Cheyenne Police Department and other agencies.

Other redevelopment projects are possible along a railroad corridor serving a historic district bordered by the former auto dealership.

Plans include new commercial and retail development and a downtown park that will incorporate stormwater storage and water quality features.

In addition, the city plans to assess and clean up areas along 17th Street with the long-term goal of extending an entertainment and dining district along the corridor.

The EPA award leverages $4.8 million approved by voters last August under the special purpose optional tax — the sixth-penny tax — to address flooding concerns in the lower capital city basin.

The award this year will build on a $1 million grant the city received from the EPA in 2011 for the assessment of dozens of properties on the western edge of the city, the release said.

Cheyenne is leading a coalition of the city, Laramie County and the Downtown Development Authority in an effort to carry out the goals of a master plan for Cheyenne and Laramie County.

A primary goal is to restore Cheyenne’s downtown area.

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