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August 24, 2010

Anderson exploring Emge plant demolition

ANDERSON, Ind. — The days appear numbered for the former Emge packing plant and stockyard on the city’s west side.

The Anderson Board of Public Works on Tuesday approved a contract for demolition services for the former slaughterhouse in the 1900 block of West Eighth Street. The plant has been vacant for decades.

Indianapolis consulting firm Beam, Longest & Neff was awarded a contract to determine an estimated cost and develop a plan to demolish the plant on the 5-acre site.

Anderson Water Pollution Control Superintendent Nara Manor said the site is now used for storage and houses the city’s composting operation. “We do have it in our long-term control plan to put a storage tunnel through there.” That would build underground capacity for the sewage treatment plant and reduce overflows into White River.

“It’s pretty much an eyesore,” Manor said of the former Emge plant. She said neighbors in the area have said they would be pleased to see it torn down. Manor said Beam, Longest & Neff had previously done work for the city when there was an idea to convert the plant into offices, so the consultants are familiar with the site.

If funding is available through sewer department operating money, Manor said the demolition work could begin late this year.

The Board of Works also approved a separate contract for Beam, Longest & Neff on Tuesday. The firm will serve as construction consultant on a road project near the Flagship Enterprise Park, improving and widening Layton Road between 73rd and 67th streets.

City engineer Michael Spyers said the state has approved reconstruction of Layton Road and 67th Street in the area of the Nestlé plant. Those state-funded jobs are expected to cost a total of about $8 million — about $6 million for 67th Street and $2 million for Layton Road.

Spyers said the state is expected to solicit bids for the roadwork before the end of the year.

The contract with Beam, Longest & Neff to consult on the Layton Road project will not exceed $211,200.

Contact Dave Stafford: 648-4250, dave.stafford@heraldbulletin.com

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