ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – There’s new optimism for an historic neighborhood on North Grand Blvd. The huge vacant building that once housed Carter Carburetor is coming down.
Details of the 30 million dollar superfund cleanup project were announced at a press conference Monday morning. Federal, state and local officials talked about the long awaited project to remove the highly contaminated eyesore. Congressman Lacy Clay joined officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay in making the cleanup a reality. Since 1915 the plant manufactured gasoline and diesel carburetors. The ten acre facility closed in 1984 and sat vacant for 30 years, leaving a community to suffer potential exposure to toxins.
Clean up is expected to start in August and could take four years to complete. The bill for the 30 million dollar project will be covered by the owners of the property.