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Archive for Wednesday, December 3, 2008

New Farmland bid gets commission’s go-ahead

City commissioners are ready to take another shot at buying the former Farmland Industries fertilizer plant in east Lawrence.

December 3, 2008

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City commissioners are ready to make another effort to buy the former Farmland Industries fertilizer plant east of Lawrence.

Commissioners Tuesday night gave staff members the authority to submit a new bid for the 467-acre property that currently is tied up in bankruptcy court.

The property — just east of Lawrence on Kansas Highway 10 — is environmentally contaminated from years of fertilizer spills on the site, and state leaders have estimated it will take $12 million to $15 million to clean up the property over 30 years.

But city commissioners said they were optimistic the city could use city crews to clean up the property for less money, and leaders with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment also said they thought that was likely.

About $10.5 million is in a trust fund set up by Farmland Industries to pay for cleanup of the property. Another $10 million to $15 million could be required over 30 years to improve infrastructure at the site.

Commissioners approved moving forward on a 4-0 vote, with Commissioner Sue Hack abstaining.

Hack said she abstained from the vote and discussion because her family has an investment in a company that could be a potential tenant on the property.

Hack has previously disclosed her family has an investment in Lawrence-based Deciphera Pharmaceuticals, which has been looking to expand.

Comments

cowboy 6 years ago

moving ahead on a project the voters have no interest in , why , because Hack has an interest in it. How about a full disclosure right now , today on what the back room deals are.Come on LJW , get in your car and go ask some questions !

50YearResident 6 years ago

With a recession in the economy the City Commissioners want to obligate the tax payers to a $25 + million dollar project that they think they can do with untrained hazard workers from their own ranks over a 30 year period? They all know they won't be there if the SHTF!

pace 6 years ago

I am so glad. The property needs to be cleaned up, not sit like a seeping sore to spread. It should be returned to use, utility service roads, all there, no need to develop other virgin property until this one is back in service. Hack was right to abstain, but she shouldn't have to, because she should of resigned. She never answered questions thought they were her personal business, would be if she wasn't a public elected official Get out Hack.

pace 6 years ago

I am so glad. The property needs to be cleaned up, not sit like a seeping sore to spread. It should be returned to use, utility service roads, all there, no need to develop other virgin property until this one is back in service. Hack was right to abstain, but she shouldn't have to, because she should of resigned. She never answered question, thought they were her personal business, would be if she wasn't a public elected official Get out Hack.

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