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UPDATE: Vienna City Council Takes Steps Towards Buying Johns Manville Property

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UPDATE 7/18/2014 12:35 PM

Another step toward new developments at the old Johns Manville site.

Vienna City Council approved an ordinance Thursday night, allowing the city to buy that property.

The council voted unanimously on the first reading to purchase the property.

But one more reading is required by council to complete the transaction.

That will be at next week's council meeting.

Also happening next week, there will be a visionary session next Wednesday from 6:30 to 8 at the Vienna Community Building.

All community members are invited to attend to discuss the property.

"We would like to bring them in, talk about the things that we've done up to this point. Explain to them where we would like to take this in the future and then answer any questions. Because you're going to have questions about something that's been there that long," says Mayor Randy Rapp.

Mayor Rapp says the city will bring experts to answer questions the community may have.

He adds that it's a big project that's going to be very good for the city.


UPDATE 7/11/14

Vienna City Council votes to purchase the former Johns Manville Plant Site.

The property on Second Ave. is owned by Structures Resources Incorporated, a Huntington development firm. It use to be home to the Manville Plant which closed eight years ago and recently torn down.

Mayor Randy Rapp says cleaning up the 39 acres in the center of town will be a great addition to Vienna.

He says the 15 acres in the back of the river will be made into a park and the remaining 19 acres of the industrial site will be developed into commercial property.
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UPDATE 5/20/2014 10:55 AM

In Vienna a special city council meeting was held Monday night to discuss the old Johns Manville property.

Council spent nearly 40 minutes in executive session deciding what they want the next step to be when it comes to purchasing the property.

Once out of the session a motion was made to allow Mayor Randy Rapp to enter into an agreement with Eave's Recycling and continue to facilitate a purchase of the Manville property.

"The vote that we took this evening authorizes me to just finish another part of the puzzle so that we can get the whole package put together," says Mayor Rapp.

At Thursday's regular city council meeting the property is on the agenda and any public comments will be taken at the beginning of the meeting which starts at 7 p.m.


UPDATE 5/16/2014 4:25 PM

The old Johns Manville property in Vienna could be transferred to new owners Monday.

The only item on the agenda for a special Vienna City Council meeting calls for a transaction involving the 2nd Avenue site where the plant stood before it was torn down two years ago.

But Mayor Randy Rapp says that will be preceded by a closed-door meeting.

Any vote council takes on the transaction depends on the outcome of that executive session.

Rapp has said the city would like to use part of that property for recreational purposes.

The Manville plant closed eight years ago.

It's owned by a Huntington development firm.


People in Vienna will soon see some kind of a recreational facility at the old Johns Manville property.

The City of Vienna Council has authorized a resolution to do an environmental study on the vacant factory.

Vienna Mayor Randy Rapp says they're going to explore some options on what's going to be built at the 15 acre property.

Council members will also see what the actual condition of the ground is like there.

"It's a tremendous location. There's so much potential down there that could be done and it get's rid of an eyesore in a way of having an abandoned factory right in the middle of our town which is being demolished now," says Mayor Rapp.

City council members won't decide on what to do with the vacant factory until the environmental study is complete.


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