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Previously Polluted Land Is Revitalized

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David Moore with Labette Bank knows what it means to make a good investment, something he sees the City of Pittsburg doing with a previously unusable piece of land.

"Every person that I've met with is excited to see a change and something done with the property, something that's good for the whole community," said Moore.

Moore is referring to the estimated $300,000 clean up project of a commercial lot located near businesses like the Tractor Supply Company and Home Depot.

"Anytime that you improve the area around your business, you can only have positive results. We'll see better traffic flow. We'll see more opportunity with the people that come through," Moore stated.

The City of Pittsburg and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment teamed up to bring this property back to life. 

"We've identified the hazardous area. It's been a smelter site for many years, since the turn of the twentieth century, and we've really had an opportunity here to clean it up," explained Jay Byers, Deputy City Manager with the City of Pittsburg.

It may be hard to believe now, but where I'm standing will soon be a road connecting people and businesses.

"It's beneficial in so many ways. We're gonna clean up an area, we're adding a road that takes some of the truck traffic from the Traffic Supply Company directly off of Broadway, and it also gives us some economic development opportunities for these lots," said Byers.

And that's something Moore supports.

"Anytime the community reinvests in itself, only good, positive growth will come from it," Moore stated.

The roadway will extend North Walnut Street from West 28th to West 29th streets.

The plan is to put the hazardous soil into a repository that will then be covered with the road.

The project is expected to be completed by spring of next year.

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