Belton receives $2 million to redevelop former Superfund site

Belton, TX (FOX 44) – The City of Belton and its Economic Development Corporation received a $2 million grant from the US Department of Commerce.

Made possible by funds from the American Rescue Plan Act, the two groups have worked for years with federal and state agencies and officials to make this happen.

Belton is using the $2 million to fund a utility project at the former Rockwool Superfund site.

Unusable for years, city leaders say it’s a new opportunity for growth in the area.

“This land has been vacant for over 30 years. Just having a business there is an improvement, and being able to use this land will help strengthen the economic base of the area,” said Paul Romer, Public Information Officer for the Town of Belton.

The vacant Rockwool Industries property is on Route 93 from farm to market.

Located in the Belton Heavy Industrial Area, Belton Economic Development Corporation Director Cynthia Hernandez said the grant will be used to extend water and sewer lines in the area.

“This grant is going to be used to design the infrastructure and service not only the Rockwall site, but the adjacent properties as well,” Hernadez said. “It will also serve to improve some of the existing infrastructure in place.”

Occupying 36 acres of land, Hernandez says the development will retain nearly 220 jobs in the area and potentially add 20 new jobs to existing Belton businesses looking to expand.

“In addition to that, it will facilitate future development, and depending on how it develops, commercial, industrial, there will also be additional job creation opportunities,” Hernandez said.

There is preliminary alignment on where the infrastructure can go and Paul Romer of the Town of Belton says they will continue to work with the Environmental Protection Agency and the Environmental Quality Commission. Texas environment to make sure they build in good areas.

“There’s usable land there,” Romer said. “There’s a cap on some contaminants where development wouldn’t occur, but in the usable spaces, that’s where those water lines will be placed.”

With the grant in hand, Romer says the city will begin administrative planning and then begin seeking bids for construction.

He adds that the process will take months before work is done on the property.