Cleanup starts soon on three brownfields
Workers later this month will start cleaning contaminated soil at the site of the proposed Midtown project just south of historic downtown.
The effort will start at the former Hydraulic Hose site at Ball and Evers streets. Three sites known as brownfields are set to be cleaned. The city will pay for the work using $1.6 million in federal and county grants.
Midtown — a mix of homes, shops, restaurants and offices — would be on 85 acres bordered by Merrick and Alsobrook streets to the south, Thomas and Walker streets to the west, and Collins Street and CSX railroad tracks at the east end. The city owns 13 acres there. It's hoping that by cleaning the sites it can sell those to developers to jump start the project.
Officials said the work at the Hydraulic Hose site will involve excavating and removing about 1,175 tons of petroleum-contaminated soil, pumping and treating contaminated groundwater and backfilling the site with clean soil. The work will take about a month. Cleaning all of the sites could take two years, City Manager Greg Horwedel said.
Several up for local theater awards
Plant City Entertainment Inc. garnered several nominations for the upcoming MONTI Community Theater Awards. The awards will be presented Aug. 17 at the Center Place Civic and Fine Arts Theater, 619 Vonderburg Drive, Brandon.
Nominees from Plant City Entertainment include: Domin Pazo (best actor in a musical); Nadine Guerre-Grimm, Jennifer Jackson and Krysteena Wakefield (best actress in a play); Jeremy Davis (best actor in a play); Coy Permenter (best supporting actor in a musical); April Golombek (best supporting actress in a musical); John Harrer and Tyler Hollis (best supporting actor in a play); Mollie Anderson and Judy Barta (best supporting actress in a play); The Coffee Shop and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (production of the year — musical); Don't Tell Mother and The Red Velvet Cake War (production of the year — play).
Ditch Witch moves operations here
The city says Ditch Witch of Central and South Florida will move its operations from Leesburg, northwest of Orlando, to Plant City by the end of the year. The company sells and services underground construction equipment. It purchased the 8.9-acre former Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge dealership at 502 E Park Road.
Rich Shopes can be reached at (813) 661-2454 or firstname.lastname@example.org.