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Wilmington cleans up old gas station to spur redevelopment

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The City of Wilmington is clearing the site of an old gas station to help spur development in the neighborhood.

Crews are removing four underground gas tanks at 406 Dawson Street. The city says the site has been vacant for years and qualifies as a Brownfields site, which makes it eligible for federal funding to help with clean-up of the property.

A Brownfields site is an abandoned or underused property where expansion or redevelopment is complicated by potential environmental contaminants, the city says.

A news release from the city says redeveloping sites such as the gas station is an example of the city's current focus on infill and redevelopment of properties already inside the city limits as another way to stimulate economic development.

In 2011, Wilmington received a $400,000 grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency to develop and implement a Brownfields program. The city used the grant to identify potential Brownfield properties and perform some environmental assessments.

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$400,000

$400,000 to identify and implement a program is total BS. That does not mean a penny of that was spent on actual work, just money for the powers that be and their cronies.

Spending money

Who owns this property? They are the ones that should clean it up...

However, the City will do it, then the owner can sell it and make money.

The tanks have never been a

The tanks have never been a problem why dig them up? Just build over them. Your tax dollars at work (or wasted).

hmm...build on top of old,

hmm...build on top of old, rusty tank. You could be a building inspector in Bangladesh.

The tanks have been there

The tanks have been there for decades. There are probably many more like them throughout Wilmington. If they were a threat, I am sure they would have been removed many years ago, with this touchy-feely environmentally over-protective bunch of nerds controlling the purse strings. If you are concerned, why not pay for the costs of removal yourself and save taxpayers a lot of money?

Not a Building Inspector

I'm not a building inspector, but I do know metal fatigues over time. Building on top of it just kicks the can futher down the road, while crossing your fingers that no one you care about is in it when the tanks gives way and the foundation collapses. Add to that the obvious problems with leftover gasoline leeching into our water supply. I don't know what you like, but I prefer my drinking water to be fairly clean.

Since the owner hasn't (and probaly can't afford to) cleaned it up, that vacant lot depresses property values in the area and can serve as a "crime generator" (look it up)

Believe it or not, there are acceptable ways to spend tax money. This is one....but I'm sure you would know already that if this station was on your street.