Acme Tag Label Site


A six-story, 216-unit luxury apartment building and private dog park occupy the redeveloped site, which is in Minneapolis’ trendy Uptown neighborhood.

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) Voluntary Investigation and Cleanup (VIC) and Petroleum Brownfields (PB) program staff provided technical oversight of the environmental investigation, cleanup and redevelopment of the Acme Tag & Label site South Minneapolis.


A printing facility began operations in 1905 in the southeast portion of the property and gradually expanded to encompass most of the property. The printing plant was demolished in 2006.

Environmental issues and the cleanup process

  • Site soil was contaminated with polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons, chlorinated solvents, metals, asbestos and petroleum compounds. The soil contaminate concentrations were considered a risk to human health and the environment and the contaminated soil was required to be removed before the site could be redeveloped.
  • Site groundwater was contaminated with chlorinated solvents. The groundwater contamination is not considered a risk and remediation was not required.
  • Approximately 4,400 tons, or about 200 truckloads, of contaminated soil with intermixed debris were excavated in November 2010 and August 2011 during construction of the underground parking garage and taken to a permitted landfill for disposal. Approximately 8,900 cubic yards of concrete rubble were recycled.

Redevelopment of the site

  • A six-story, 216-unit luxury apartment building with underground parking encompasses most of the property.
  • A private, off-leash dog park was built adjacent to the apartment building on the property.

Environmental and economic benefits

  • Contaminated soil and intermixed debris was removed from the site.
  • The new apartment building will bring in increased tax revenue.

Assurances received

December 27, 2011: Petroleum Tank Release Site File Closure.
April 11, 2012: No Further Action Determination for Soil and No Action Determination for Groundwater.
August 2, 2012: Retroactive No Association Determination and No Association Determination.

Project partners

  • MPCA VIC Program staff Amy Hadiaris and Shanna Schmitt and PB Program staff Mark Koplitz and Bassou Ouglout.
  • The developer was BIT Uptown Apartments, LLC and Greco, LLC.
  • The environmental consultant was The Javelin Group, Inc.