“For many years, Duke Energy has partnered with local economic development organizations to help bring jobs and economic vitality to the communities we serve,” said Laura Sheets, Duke Energy Indiana north district manager. “We look forward to helping prepare this building for prospective large business and industrial companies.”
Delco Plant 5
On the other end of Kokomo, a former Delco circuit board manufacturing site, 1723 N. Washington St., is about to undergo a $7.3 million cleanup effort, funded through the 2009 General Motors bankruptcy plan.
Even though the site, which is contaminated by volatile organic chemicals, is in a vastly different condition than the ERC building, it is still a part of the city’s auto manufacturing legacy.
Bill Callen, a spokesman for the RACER Trust, the entity created by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court to oversee the cleanup and reuse marketing of 89 former GM properties in 14 states, said the Plant 5 cleanup is slated to begin soon.
When it does, the aim will be to clean the site to a level where a business can come in without fear of future liability.
“The goal is to obtain what is known in the industry as a ‘no further action letter’ from the [U.S. Environmental Protection Agency], which basically certifies the site is clean,” Callen said. “It just offers some legal protection to interested developers.”
GM operated the manufacturing site from 1953 until 1991, according to the RACER Trust’s marketing brochure for the site. The buildings on the site were demolished in 1993, and the trust took control of the property in 2011.
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