Potentially contaminated sites could still be good for ballpark construction

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Submitted: Wed, 09/26/2012 - 3:24am
Updated: Wed, 09/26/2012 - 3:44pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — According to experts, there are currently 80 to 90 potentially contaminated properties in the Wilmington area, also known as brownfield sites. The City of Wilmington held a public informational meeting Tuesday night on its Brownfields Assessment Project. Two of the properties are being considered by the city to build a minor league ballpark on the land.

City Councilman Kevin O’Grady says he feels pretty comfortable that the considered ballpark sites will work out, even with the environmental issues.

According to the city’s website, brownfield sites include, but are not limited to sites contaminated by controlled hazardous substances and sites contaminated by petroleum or a petroleum product. For more than a century, much of the area was used for shipping. Much of what was stored there ended up leaking into the ground.

The old Almont property, which is now owned by Chuck Schoninger and located along the downtown riverfront, has been defined as a brownfield site since 2008 and is being considered by the city to build a minor league ballpark on the land. Council approved an agreement between Mandalay Baseball and the Atlanta Braves to build the stadium last week. According to Sam Watson, NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Brownfields Manager for the Wilmington region, the land has been in the process of redevelopment for a while and all contaminants have been identified.

“There’s been soil testing, ground water testing, sediment testing in the water, surface water testing,” Watson explains.

He says the property is completely safe to build a baseball stadium.

“Because it’s a brownfield site, it’s a beneficial site to choose,” Watson says. “It’s already pre approved for a ballpark.”

As far as cost goes, Watson says because it is a brownfield site, the city would have liability protection for cleanup. Councilman O’Grady says clean up costs are already built into the $6 million allotted for acquiring the land to build the ballpark, but also admits there are no certainties that it will be enough to cover all costs.

WWAY also reached out to Councilwoman Laura Padgett for comment. Padgett was the only council member to vote against approving the ballpark agreement. She did not return our call.

Last year the city received $400,000 from an EPA Brownfields Assessment Grant, $200,000 for Hazardous substance sites assessment and $200,000 for petroleum contaminated sites.

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2015 years 8 months ago

Has an application pending as a brownfield site:


“The Sawmill Point property has an application in for a brownfield designation, Caudle said.”

Sawmill Point LLC was formed in June of 2012 and its Manager is Patrick Melton of Charlotte according to the Secretary of States page.


Sidney William
2015 years 8 months ago

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2015 years 8 months ago

Has someone finally started reading these posts?

I saw in the printed media that the city is considering an alternate site on the river. Sawmill POint Marina property which is apparently adjacent to the Holmes Bridge.

Reported purchase price is $1.5 million less than the site near the convention center, aka White Elephant.

Still requires referendum approval regardless of site finally chosen.

Wonder how the ball park proponents will react to a change in location?

Conversely, opponents will continue to oppose the use of property tax increase to fund this potential albatross.

2015 years 8 months ago

you may have looked at the wrong entity on the Secretary of State’s website.

I believe Sawmill Point, LLC was formed in 2006.

And surprise, David Spetrino, Jr is the Manager/Member.

Isn’t he the same guy who holds a portion of the second deed of trust on the other site?

I guess he’s covering all bases.

I wonder if Schoninger will squeal on this or continue to remain silent?

2015 years 8 months ago

enough voters will catch on to the manner in which these “insiders” have tried to stack the deck so they win no matter which parcel is selected. The key to their success and profit is for the city to pay for the land with property taxes paid; in many cases paid by those who live outside the city and can not vote on the referendum.

It’s unfortunate the DA or AG can not be encouraged to look into this in a more timely manner so all of the skinny is outlined for all of the voters.

One other thing. Have you noticed the sounds of silence? Certain individuals seem to have gone into a burrow.