City releases environmental report on North River

The 2,000 page study was done, and paid for by the city, 10 years ago.

Posted: Dec. 4, 2017 9:18 PM
Updated: Dec. 4, 2017 10:32 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - The City of Fort Wayne released the environmental reports on the North River Property Monday.

The 2,000 page study was done, and paid for by the city, 10 years ago.

It shows what metals are the soil that was home to a rail yard and scrap yard for more than 100 years.

The city bought the former OmniSource land last week for $4.6 million without release the report because of a non-disclosure agreement between the city and the sell, Calhoun Investments.

While approving the purchase, the city council also let Calhoun Investments off the hook for environmental remediation.

However, the report shows most concerns that were brought up were properly addressed before OmniSource left the property in 2006.

City leaders said people should keep in mind some things have changed in the decade since the report was done.

"The comparisons of what is allowed and not allowed in the soil in 2007, many of those constituents, more is allowed in the soil today," said Community Development director Greg Leatherman.

City councilman John Crawford called the agreement a "bad deal, but the best deal" while voting in favor of buying the 29-acre land.

He told WFFT Monday he expects the clean up to be close to the $250,000 estimate the city previously provided city council.

However, Leatherman said clean up costs will vary depending on the development that goes on the site.

He said said sections can be covered with landscaping or a parking lot.

Several city council members said last week IU Health is interested in building a hospital on the property.

You can read the entire environmental study on the City of Fort Wayne's website.

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