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Properties on east side of Goshen could go through environmental cleanup

The Goshen Brownfields coordinator told the redevelopment commission that after an environmental assessment at 828 and 922 E. Lincoln Ave., it was determined both properties are in need of remediation.

Posted on July 8, 2014 at 9:03 p.m.

GOSHEN — A couple of properties along Lincoln Avenue on the east side of Goshen could go through some environmental cleanup.

The Goshen Redevelopment Commission will acquire a loan for $650,000 from the city of Goshen, which has funds from a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant for environmental remediation.

Goshen Brownfields Coordinator Becky Hershberger told the redevelopment commission during a meeting Tuesday, July 8, that her office conducted an environmental assessment at 828 and 922 E. Lincoln Ave. and found that remediation is needed.

The property is occupied by Ramirez Salvage & Towing, and the redevelopment commission will soon negotiate the purchase of the real estate at that location, Hershberger said.

The buildings at the site might be demolished to properly remediate the property.

The Goshen City Council must first approve the loan to the redevelopment commission, and the property must be purchased before cleanup.

OTHER BUSINESS

• The commission authorized the execution of an agreement to sell the property on 118 and 120 E. Washington St. to Faye Peterson Pottinger and David Pottinger, the developers who restored the buildings that now house the Electric Brew and Ignition Music Garage.

• The commission dedicated the public right-of-way for the intersections of River Race Drive and Madison Street and River Race Drive and Monroe Street to the city. This means the city’s board of works and safety will now look over those intersections.

• The commission approved a subordination agreement with Goshen Theater Inc. and Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana as a condition from the Historic Landmarks Foundation for giving Goshen Theater a $35,000 loan.

• The commission tabled a resolution to approve and authorize the execution of assignment of a loan agreement with LaCasa of Goshen Inc. and Hawks 1886 LLC. Also tabled was a resolution to approve and authorize the execution of an agreement with Hawks 1886 for the development of the north side of the Hawks Building. Hawks 1886 plans to develop the north side of the building into a boutique Hotel.


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