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Town, Main Street get Keller site test grant

Corydon and Main Street Corydon officials have been notified that the Indiana Development Finance Authority has awarded them almost $44,000 to complete a final environmental study of the former Keller Manufacturing Co. site in Corydon.
‘The project will include testing of the groundwater, testing the dileneation (extent) of two spots of contamination, and will give us a full asbestos report,’ said Sean Hawkins, community development manager for the Harrison County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Shield Environmental of Louisville will conduct the study.
‘Afer this project is completed, we will use the results to develop a ‘scope of work’ for clean-up at the site,’ Hawkins said. ‘Luckily, the Indiana Development Finance Authority has a program to help us with the cleanup.’ The program is the Petroleum Remediation Grant Program. Hawkins said he hopes the clean-up would be finished two months after a contract is signed.
‘We would be eligible for up to $250,000, with a 10 percent match, to clean the soils. The $525,000 grant to demolish the buildings is still outstanding.’
The town applied last Oct. 29 for community development block grant funds through the old Indiana Dept. of Commerce to demolish every building at the Keller site, except for the original brick building. However, due to government department restructuring by the Daniels administration, no action has been taken.
Meanwhile, Chicago developer Don Peeples has continued to hold meetings with local business and tourism development leaders to determine ways to finance a hotel and waterpark on the Keller property, once the 14-acre site has been cleaned. Peeples said last month that he has done all the preliminary homework and is now looking into a professional ‘third party market report’ to give him an objective perspective on the viability of his project.

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