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April 22, 2014

Auto Parts site cleanup may be $600,000 BILL

Dirt Merchant Inc. seeking state grant to get PCBs, other pollutants removed


DMI is also proposing to build an office and shop building, a truck wash and a storage building on the site, part of a company growth plan that could add another 39 full-time jobs by 2017. And property taxes paid to local governments would increase eight-fold from the current $3,660 to $34,750, according to the application.

The application also explains why the person responsible for the pollution isn't participating in the clean-up.

"The former Brad's Auto Salvage business was likely related to the contamination detected at the site," the application states. "However, one of the owners is deceased, the business is closed, and the spouse of the former business owner/operator does not have the ability to participate in the clean-up activities."

Bode said DMI, which currently shares increasingly cramped quarters with a sister company across Third Avenue from the Brad's site, isn't regretting its decision to take on the redevelopment project. If the grant isn't awarded, the project might have to be scaled back or slowed down, but the clean-up will occur, he promised.

"It's right in our neighborhood. It needed some attention and we made the commitment to clean it up," Bode said. "... It's going to make the area a safer environment and make it a more usable and appealing place to our community."

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