Archive for Friday, October 8, 2010

City crews installing concrete barriers to prevent access to MagnaGro

October 8, 2010


There was more activity Friday at a troubled east Lawrence manufacturing plant that was shut down by the city for code violations.

City crews on Friday were on the site of MagnaGro International, 600 E. 22nd St., installing concrete barriers around portions of the building. The barriers, being put in place with a small crane, appeared to be designed to eliminate easy access to the building.

The city in July declared the former fertilizer mixing plant unfit for human occupancy because it is not connected to the city’s water and sewer service. In August, city officials confirmed that despite the order there was evidence people were still entering the building.

Friday afternoon Assistant City Manager Diane Stoddard confirmed the activity was an effort to better secure the building from unauthorized entry.

MagnaGro was the site of a double-fatality industrial accident in April, and has suffered several chemical spills. The city prior to that accident had disconnected the property from sewer and water service over concerns that the company was illegally dumping material into the city’s sewer system.


infidel 6 years ago

Why are my taxes paying for this? Have them arrested and charged, I would rather see tax money spent on that instead of having someone else die in that place.

BruceWayne 6 years ago

more wasted tax dollars by Mike and the minions. They KNEW what was going on and did nothing to stop it.

Richard Heckler 6 years ago

Isn't it a company can operate for years without city utilities and no one cares?

budwhysir 6 years ago

free enterprise..... if they arrest him he isnt free to enterprise..... I would have suggested something a little less expensive like, changing the locks or putting some type of security system in so they could tell if someone is there. But on the other hand, everybody will know yer doing something if you bring out the crane and some big blocks of cement.

del888 6 years ago

It's the golden rule: He who has the gold makes the rules

Cody Ochs 6 years ago

Keep the gubbmint outta my life!!!! Signed, Tea Party Dude

Scott Kaiser 6 years ago

Who actually owns the building? Couldn't legal channels be implemented to prevent continued access? As stated above, a court order to change the locks could go a long way in prevention. Much cheaper, too. Anyone caught afterwards could be charged with trespassing, breaking and entering, etc. Also, isn't this the same building where "Cleopatra's Secret" was once located several years ago?

Scott Kaiser 6 years ago

I guess this is a different building than where "Cleopatra's Secret" was. That building's address was something like 2200 Delaware St. Rocky Mountain Bank Note, a check printing plant akin to Deluxe or John Harlan, was also there for a couple of years. I worked for RMBN back in the '80's before they moved towards KC.

del888 6 years ago

I work close to there and drive by 2 or 3 times every day. I see people in there alot of times.

somebodynew 6 years ago

del888 - please pick up the phone and call it in when you see people there. I know there have been citations issued recently and I doubt the barriers will really stop this idiot.

Betty Bartholomew 6 years ago

I'm confused - the city disconnected water/sewer prior to (April?), then declared it unfit for occupancy in July... because the city had disconnected water/sewer three-plus months prior.

Were they unable to find a good enough reason to shut it down in the first place? I mean, if they shouldn't be in operation, surely there was a better way to shut them down than creating the reason, right?

auturgy 6 years ago

Just for clarification: Magnagro had been operating without water or sewage since 2007.

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