Meeting to offer glimpse into redevelopment plans for former GM Boxwood site

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The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control will hold a public meeting Thursday to discuss proposed redevelopment plans for the former GM Wilmington assembly plant site at 801 Boxwood Road.

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at the Five Points Fire Company Hall, located at 209 S. Maryland Avenue, west of Wilmington.

The meeting will provide DNREC and the site’s owner and developer, Boxwood Industrial Park, LLC, and an affiliate company, Harvey Hanna & Associates, Inc. with an opportunity to discuss the proposed plans for the site and to answer questions from the community.

Harvey Hanna has already gone to work to spruce up the site by removing weeds, debris and overgrown vegetation. Also installed was a new security fence.

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The Harvey Hanna LLC acquired the site earlier this fall from Chinese auto parts maker Wanxiang, acquired assets of Fisker Automotive, the company that was slated to build hybrid vehicles at the plant.

The former GM Wilmington assembly plant site is currently a DNREC Certified Brownfields Site in Delaware’s Brownfields Development Program. The program encourages the cleanup and redevelopment of vacant and abandoned properties that may be contaminated.

Prospective purchasers wanting to develop a brownfields property must negotiate with DNREC to perform an investigation and, if necessary, a remedial action or remedy, for the purpose of addressing risks posed by past releases of hazardous substances at the site. DNREC negotiated and entered into a Brownfields Development Agreement with Boxwood Industrial Park, LLC on Oct. 12.

“We are proud to be in a position to help attract quality companies and jobs to Delaware,” said Thomas J. Hanna, president, HHA, an affiliate company of Boxwood Industrial Park, LLC. “This is a rare availability of centrally-located property within our region and offers compelling value to a wide array of prospective tenants.”

Harvey Hanna has experience in developing former industrial sites.

Additional information on DNREC’s Brownfields Development Program and the former GM Wilmington assembly plant site is available, respectively at:http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/dwhs/SIRB/Pages/Brownfields.aspxand
http://www.nav.dnrec.delaware.gov/DEN3/

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