The City of Pittsburg is hosting a special ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of a significant environmental cleanup effort and the construction of a new road at the former Weir City Zinc Works site. Members of the public are welcome to attend!
The following individuals will be speaking at the event:
- City of Pittsburg Deputy City Manager Jay Byers
- Kansas Department of Health & Environment Secretary Lee Norman
- Kansas Representative Monica Murnan
- Kansas Governor Laura Kelly
WHERE: North Walnut Street between 28th and 29th Streets, in Pittsburg. Parking available at 2905 N. Broadway Street (former Goody’s building).
WHEN: Thursday, May 16, at 5:00 pm
DETAILS: A former zinc-smelting property, deemed unsafe and unusable for decades, is being put back into productive use thanks to a coordinated effort between the City of Pittsburg and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE). Cleanup efforts began in October 2018 at the previous Weir City Zinc Works site, located west of North Broadway Street in Pittsburg.
The former zinc-smelting site is identified as an orphan site, meaning that the entities responsible for the pollution are unknown, unwilling or unable to pay for the cleanup. By collaborating with KDHE and the current property owners Bob and Sandra Boys, the City was able to complete the remediation of the land and break ground on the extension of North Walnut Street from 28th to 29th Streets.
This new roadway will provide much-needed transportation access and connect businesses to the City’s North Broadway TIF district – opening up even more commercial properties for future development.