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Ohio River an asset for developing pottery site

Updated: Friday, July 4 2014, 06:29 PM EDT


The Taylor Smith and Taylor pottery site along the Ohio River in Chester, West Virginia will soon see some major improvements.

The Business Development Corp. is hoping to clean it up and turn it into an asset for Hancock County, by kick-starting their plan to clean up the TS&T riverbank site for companies that have shown an interest in the property.

Patrick Ford, executive director of the Business Development Corp. of the Northern Panhandle, said that companies have shown a new interest in the property because of how close it is to the Ohio River.

“What’s interesting about these particular prospects that are different from the prospects before is these three prospects are actually interested in the riverfront, having access to the riverfront or see the riverfront being used for aesthetic purpose or recreational use,” Ford said.

Ford said some recent developments that have been positive are their efforts for an environmental assessment of the riverbank and shoreline along with the awarding of a grant to help with the development of a master plan, which will be done by the WVU Department of Landscape Architecture.

“Preparing a master plan, fold the riverfront bank into the site to show how we can actually have a variety of uses on this particular property,” Ford said.

Ford said in 2011 and 2012, the project was mostly about cleaning up the 6 acres of land and making it marketable. So now, the next step is cleaning up the riverfront.

“Historically it had been, for a lack of better phrase, a dumping ground for some of the pottery shards over the past 50, 60 years, so what we need to do is clean up, remove the pottery shards, which also contains lead, clean that off the riverbank, it’s along the shoreline, we need to clean that up as well,” Ford said.

Ford said the BDC is looking to have the master plan completed in three months. Contamination will be assessed and removed, which could take six to 18 months. During that time, the BDC will continue to communicate with its current prospects.

Ohio River an asset for developing pottery site

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