former Niphos Plating Co. site at 308-310 Oak St. in
Slinger in this July 25, 2016 photo, sits deteriorating
further after an emergency cleanup of dangerous
chemicals by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Washington County, which now owns the property, is close
to sending out requests for proposals to develop the
SLINGER — Progress may finally
be in sight for development of the former Niphos Plating Company
site in the village. The site was the scene for a massive hazardous
materials cleanup using funds from the U.S. Superfund in October
2012. Now Washington County is close to seeking proposals for
development of the property at 308-310 Oak Street.
The county now owns the property after taking control when the
owners failed to pay the property taxes for the site.
“They are very close to issuing a request for proposals needed to sell it
to someone. In fact, I just got an email with the schedule on that,”
said Slinger Village Administrator Margaret Wilber. “They are
expecting to have an official ad for the newspaper for Nov. 22
announcing the progress. Then on Dec. 3 they are planning to release
a request for proposals and then there would be a mandatory
preproposal meeting in early January and then proposals would be due
by Jan. 23.”
The Environmental Protection Agency in 2012 removed barrels
containing thousands of pounds of copper cyanide, sodium cyanide,
nickel sulfate and nitric acid, but the ground under the building
may still be contaminated. More than 8,800 gallons of hazardous
chemicals were abandoned inside and had to be removed under an EPA
emergency procedure. Some neighbors have expressed concerns in the
past that there still could be contamination under the building
slab, which still could cause problems.
The plant been closed for several years and because the property is
located in a residential area, redevelopment into an industrial site
may not fit the neighborhood now. The site also is no bigger than a
standard city lot.
Wilber said officials are now very excited about the progress on
finding the future use of the property.
“The county has had four or five different groups expressing
interest in that. They’ve been getting some pretty good proposals,”
Wilber said. “We’ve got a feasibility study underway about a
potential TIF district in that area that would then be available to
assist anyone that is developing that property.”
Through the Site Redevelopment program, Stantec Consulting Services
and Vandewalle and Associates have worked in collaboration with the
county and the village to consider various redevelopment scenarios
for the property.
Earlier this week the Village Board approved a memorandum of
understanding so it could continue its involvement with the
Washington County Brownfields Assessment Coalition. The village has
been part of the group since 2014. It has received two Environmental
Protection Agency grants since then and is in the process of
applying for a third in 2020. One of the earlier grants was used in
connection with the Niphos property.
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