Cleanup of old Sutphin Wrenn Union Paper Mill site in Middletown, Ohio, receives additional funding approval from city; project to 'fully remediate the property' now expected to be completed by April

LOS ANGELES , January 5, 2012 () – Cleanup of the old Sutphin Wrenn Union Paper Mill site in Middletown, Ohio, has taken longer than expected but should be complete by April, following the city council’s approval of another change order on Tuesday, reported the Middletown Journal on Jan. 4.

In legislation approving the fourth change order on the project since August, the council allocated an additional US$21,290 for the original $609,550 contract with Evans Landscaping to “fully remediate the property.”

The change order involves removing three more drums found at the site, completing soil excavation and backfill, removing paint waste and conduction soil tests, said Denise Hamet, acting director for the Middletown Economic Development.

More soil has to be excavated from what is being called the site’s lagoons to allow for further testing, she said, the Middletown Journal reported.

Demolition of the former paper mill, which had operated from the early 1850s until the 1970s, was completed in early 2011.

Change orders on the demolition and remediation plan, which is part of a larger effort to turn the five-acre site into marketable commercial real estate, have totaled about $60,000 since August, said Hamet.

The project is still about $500,000 below budget, but testing and certification still needs to be done, she said, reported the Middletown Journal.

The primary source of this article is the Middletown Journal, Middletown, Ohio, on Jan. 4, 2012.

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