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Pittsburg State University Partners with the City on Land Redevelopment Project

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PITTSBURG, KANSAS -

As you can see this stream next to the old Mission Clay Plant is in pretty rough shape. There are big pieces of clay just about everywhere. The city of Pittsburg hopes Pitt State students will be able to come up with a plan to help redevelop this area.

Pittsburg Assistant City Manager Jay Byers asks "What makes sense to put in that area? What are the things that we can do there where business can grow?"

To help come up with some of the answers to those questions Pittsburg is enlisting the help of PSU business and biology students.

PSU Economics Professor Michael Daviddson says "Incredibly 67% of the jobs in Pittsburg are filled with people that live outside Pittsburg. One of the things we are trying to figure is why so many live outside Pittsburg."

To do this they are using a $196,00 EPA planning grant to come up with a redevelopment proposal for more than 350 acres between 7th and Washington and Rouse and Joplin streets. This includes the big Mission Clay Plant which ceased industrial operations about two years ago.

Byers says "What remains from all of those activities over the years that are still there…there's large industrial buildings there, large kilns from the firing of the old clay pipe. And all of those will have issues when they are demolished or removed."   

First coming up with a plan of action is only phase one of the process. The city of Pittsburg hopes to then use that proposal to apply for more grant funding for redevelopment. The city hopes to have a proposal in the next year to 18 months. Besides a railroad and stream running through that area there are several business and residents living there. Soon they'll be receiving a couple of surveys asking about what they hope to see for redevelopment.

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