Construction halted on Muncie’s Love canal

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IDEM has shut down construction on the former Indiana Wire & Steel property pending further investigation.

Some highlights from the newspaper article:

  • Under a variety of agreements and plans for the site, prohibitions against disturbing the surface of the property, including concrete pads, have long been in place. The prohibitions were even referred to during a March 2016 public presentation when a designer for the site said an elevated grassy area would be created “because we can never dig down … that’s our history.”
  • That history — and those prohibitions — were apparently forgotten or disregarded recently, however.
  • “If you drive past, you’ll see things starting to move around and get busy out there,” Tyler said in touting the project. “Construction has started and when it’s complete, it will revitalize the eastern corridor into the city.”
  • That work ran contrary to IDEM’s instructions, however

Read the full article here.

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