Wellston and Plymouth Industrial Parks
The city of Wellston was historically a major employment and retail center for the St. Louis region. General Electric, Wagner Electric, Abex Foundry, Vi-Jon Labs and other major employers provided a range of manufacturing jobs along a central corridor within the community. The closing of most of these companies left the city with an industrial corridor of vacant, deteriorated and environmentally contaminated properties.
With some $17 million secured from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration and the St. Louis Regional Empowerment Zone along with state Brownfield tax credits and local Community Development Block Grant funding, CED-Solutions leadership assembled and prepared two adjacent sites totaling 40-acres for commercial/industrial reuse.
The sites contained eight structures previously used for the manufacture of automotive parts, a steel foundry and vacant as well as occupied residential structures. The project entailed the acquisition of properties, relocation under the Uniform Relocation Act, mitigation of flood plain issues and the demolition and vacation of all existing utilities and infrastructure. Additionally, working with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources Voluntary Clean-up Program, the sites, including buildings and grounds, underwent extensive environmental assessment and remediation along with demolition of the existing structures to prepare the sites for productive reuse as industrial parks.
The properties were platted into pad ready sites with new utility infrastructure, access roads, detention ponds, landscaping and entrance monuments and made available for redevelopment.