I'm buying 40000 sq ft commercial contaminated warehouse. Has anyone dealt with contaminated commercial building before?

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According to existing owner the site needs 500k in decontamination. But I would double it just being on the safer side. I'm doing Env Phase 1 and will be doing Phase 2 afyer phase one.

Main concerns that 4 gov agencies: MN pollution control, mn dept of agriculture, the City of Mpls and Hennepin county will send me some work orders for site clean up after I buy the building and it will cost me more $.

I know that I will be requesting a letter of release from liabilities from MN Polution control and no one at 3 other Gov agencies was not able to give me a clear answer what work orders will they require me to do after I purchse the property. Has anyone ever done anything like that?

You will be on the hook for everything. See if your state has an abatement fund program for contamination where they offset some of your costs to remediate.

@Pavel Sakurets  the environmental studies should clearly spell out what needs to be done. Once you complete the remediation you should be able to get a "no further action" letter. 

I would check with all the intetested agencies that once you do the full remediation as required by the environmental studies and obtain this letter that they will be satisfied and not impose any other requirements. Also be sure to ask questions to the engineer about what the process is with the local agencies that you mentioned. 

I completely agree with @Derek Carroll - the ESAs should outline everything but get confirmation from the govt offices.

Originally posted by @Derek Carroll :

@Pavel Sakurets the environmental studies should clearly spell out what needs to be done. Once you complete the remediation you should be able to get a "no further action" letter. 

I would check with all the intetested agencies that once you do the full remediation as required by the environmental studies and obtain this letter that they will be satisfied and not impose any other requirements. Also be sure to ask questions to the engineer about what the process is with the local agencies that you mentioned. 

Thank you Derek

Originally posted by @Joel Owens :

You will be on the hook for everything. See if your state has an abatement fund program for contamination where they offset some of your costs to remediate.

Thank you Joel. In MN the Govmt only gives you grant money if you redevelop the land (from industrial to residential, plus will need to get multiple approvals from the City, neighbors, etc.) I'm waiting for Phase 1 and then will decide what I need to do, but not counting on Govmt to give me anything :-)

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