Michael Regan, the newly confirmed U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator, will make his first trip Tuesday to Iowa, where he will talk about the future of the Dico Superfund site in downtown Des Moines.
Developers led by Krause +, the real estate arm of the group that owns the Kum & Go convenience store chain, are planning a pro soccer stadium on the site.
Regan, 44, plans to join Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie and Kayla Lyons, director of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, for a news conference about the next steps in redeveloping the site.
The $540 million Krause initiative also calls for three hotels, a music venue, a brewery, plaza, apartment building, grocery store and a Kum & Go convenience store.
The development, which includes additional residential and office space, would link the stadium site to downtown’s Western Gateway.
The city of Des Moines has asked the state to kick in $27 million from a special development program to help fund the plan, making its pitch Friday with Krause to the Iowa Economic Development Authority board.
City leaders say the long-idled Dico plant, which manufactured freezers, ice cream machines and other dairy industry equipment, as well as being used for tire making, must be cleaned up before redevelopment can occur.
Last year, the city approved a consent decree to accept ownership of the blighted property and outlined clean-up plans.
Regan, 44, served as secretary of the North Carolina’s Department of Environmental Quality before President Joe Biden nominated him to lead the EPA. The U.S. Senate confirmed his nomination in March.
Regan is the first Black man and second person of color to lead the agency. The first was Lisa P. Jackson during the Obama administration.
Donnelle Eller covers agriculture, the environment and energy for the Register. Reach her at email@example.com or 515-284-8457.