HUNTINGTON — Some environmental take a look at outcomes are nonetheless pending on the former ACF Industries property.
Cathy Burns, the chief director of the Huntington Municipal Improvement Authority, stated preliminary checks have been performed on the positioning in February 2020 and extra complete checks in October by means of December. However all the outcomes haven’t come again but.
Burns stated town has acquired some take a look at outcomes on 5 acres of the south aspect of the property close to third Avenue that present the world as environmentally clear. The land was the previous car parking zone for ACF.
To be environmentally clear means the land meets a better threshold of requirements and might have housing on it, Burns stated. This opens the door for extra marketability of the land as builders can use the house for each business and residential property.
“It’s a helpful piece of property,” Burns added, explaining that it’s a flat space and it’s exhausting to search out 40 acres of land that’s developable. She added that the world has a number of utilities already, reminiscent of water, sewer, electrical and gasoline.
The certificates is a doc that may be proven to builders to provide details about the standard of the positioning, Burns stated. She added that town anticipates receiving the certificates by yr’s finish.
Burns stated town has been working with the West Virginia State Historic Preservation Workplace to find out what buildings on the property could possibly be demolished and which could possibly be saved for future use. This course of is already underway. If a developer have been to avoid wasting a property, that might open the door for historic tax credit.
Burns stated the State Historic Preservation Workplace additionally labored with town to determine historic monuments on the property to proceed incorporating historical past. One such space is a plaque for World Warfare I veterans. Burns stated town is conscious of it and plans to maintain sustaining it.
A marketability examine was placed on maintain amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Burns stated. That examine will most likely be performed towards the tip of 2021 or in 2022 as markets stabilize. The plan continues to be to proceed creating the land for mixed-use improvement.
Pat Jones, who represents the Highlawn neighborhood on Metropolis Council, stated the event of the previous ACF property is a superb alternative for the neighborhood. He highlighted that the land has a number of incentives for a developer, reminiscent of proximity to the Ohio River, being alongside U.S. 60 and being close to Marshall College. There are additionally various good revitalization tasks underway in Highlawn, such because the Love Your Block and Mission SHINE packages.
“It’s a chief piece of actual property, actually. It’s simply going to take the suitable particular person to wish to develop it,” Jones stated.
The property, positioned alongside the north and south sides of third Avenue and twenty fourth Avenue, is central to a plan to remake that space and surrounding properties into the Huntington Brownfields Innovation Zone, or H-BIZ. This was a key part of a plan Huntington leaders submitted to the America’s Finest Communities competitors, successful a $3 million grand prize in April 2017 to assist make it a actuality.
McKenna Horsley is a reporter for The Herald-Dispatch. Observe her on Twitter @Mckennahorsley.