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Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett

We talked with Mayor Bennett about environmental mitigation, oil and gas exploration and politics in Terre Haute.

The mayor says an extensive mitigation process is necessary to make a large brownfield at the corner of 13th and Hulman streets viable once again.

“We’re finally breaking ground this week on getting that site – beginning the process to clean it up,” Bennett says.

He says the most valuable property is being remediated with funding from a bond the city took out to pay for its waste-water treatment plant and combined sewer overflow project.

Bennett hopes to see the site cleaned up and back on the tax rolls as soon as possible.

“We believe this is a prime location for light industrial or commercial – I could see warehousing there. We’ve had an interest from a trucking company who would be interested in that location – those kinds of things would be a perfect fit,” Bennett said.

“Just getting it cleaned up and into someone’s hands is the primary goal.”

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