Glass plant action sought

A lack of progress at Lavington’s old glass plant has one politician questioning why more isn’t being done.

A lack of progress at Lavington’s old glass plant has one politician questioning why more isn’t being done.

“I’d like to know what’s been thought of, what’s been done,” said Coun. Maria Besso.

Following a couple of conferences and tours of energy facilities, Besso is eager to see something similar done at the Lavington facility which has sat empty for several years.

“There are incredible ideas that could be applicable to the glass plant.

“I’m wondering why nothing is happening at the Lavington glass plant…everything’s there.”

Although industrial land may be sought, the large portion of land in Lavington presents some challenges for potential buyers.

“There may be people looking for industrial land but they may not necessarily want 91 acres,” said Mike Reiley, Coldstream’s director of development services.

There is also the issue of an environmental study needed at the site.

“Before they get the environmental cleanup done there’s not much they can do there,” said Mayor Jim Garlick.

Any attempt to obtain a development permit would require an environmental study, and potential purchasers are leery if a study hasn’t been done beforehand.

“There’s some challenges around it,” said Garlick. “Also the owner has to take those initial steps to do it and hasn’t been really engaged.”