Comment 49504

By Roger Tilly (anonymous) | Posted October 14, 2010 at 11:53:25

Nothing will ever be done with WH. Some of the lands the city wanted are not for sale and have never been. The city tried to expropriate and it was thrown out due to lack of cause. The city now needs big money to do anything there and it's money they don't have. Furthermore they can't expropriate without cause, they can't expropriate in order to sell to a developer either. Whatever is done at WH must be city funded, that includes clean up and remediation. It has never made sense to me to expropriate people from their homes in order to build homes on the same property. I spoke to someone on city council about remediation costs and they said remediation for contaminated land turned into residential is astronomical and is not something the city wants to do. In some cases like the gas station and industrial contaminated lands in this area, extensive testing must be done and in some cases the land must sit untouched for 5-10 years in order for it to be tested on an annual basis. The best they can do is take down the Rheem building and make a park.

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