Mayor Dave Wood hopes to see a neighborhood grow on more than five acres, hidden behind homes and an ACE Hardware store, that has taken turns as a dump, a rubber molding factory and the site where the city stored and maintained its fleet of maintenance trucks and gear.
It is filled with seven well-worn industrial buildings that the city plans to demolish this fall. There isn’t a developer just yet. Nor does the city have definite plans for the site’s future, Wood said, although it’s in an attractive location — just across Cedar Street from the newly built Center for Hospice Care campus and the revamped Central Park.
The city is now taking bids for the demolition. Once the buildings are down, the city still has work to do before a developer can build. Wood said the city will have to test the soils and clean up or contain any contamination that may be left from the dump and factory.
There is mostly concrete and rubble underground, but initial tests have found that there could be some hydrocarbons and heavy metals, though not at high levels, he said. It’s not an issue for water, he said, since the city doesn’t draw water there.