WTAP: Congressman tours former John's Manville site in Vienna

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Washington, October 19, 2018 | comments
U.S. Congressman David McKinley Wednesday afternoon visited the site of the former Johns-Manville plant in Vienna. The plant closed in 2002, and, since its demolition, the city has been working to clean up the area, building a park near the former plant's parking lot along the Ohio River. McKinley says a grant he helped secure has assisted the city in accomplishing the cleanup.
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U.S. Congressman David McKinley Wednesday afternoon visited the site of the former Johns-Manville plant in Vienna.

The plant closed in 2002, and, since its demolition, the city has been working to clean up the area, building a park near the former plant's parking lot along the Ohio River.

McKinley says a grant he helped secure has assisted the city in accomplishing the cleanup.

And the mayor, who visited a similar site earlier this week in Charlotte, North Carolina, believes the Manville location has possibilities.

"We've had several developers come in and want to do projects," Mayor Rapp said. "It's premature right now, but if we can get the medical facility to come here like we've talked about, or if we could do townhouses or senior assisted living, those are two things we need in town."

"Brownfield grants allow us to go back into those sites," McKinley noted, "and we have 450,000 contaminated sites across America. Clean them up so you can put them back to use again. They're an excellent tool of economic redevelopment."

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