A DNR official says the former Nagle Lumber property near Land O' Lakes has been sold and the new property owner and Vilas County Economic Development are getting some assistance from a DNR fund to determine the property's future.
The company operated on the 130 acre property for more than a half-century before closing in 2005. Since then the property has been idle. The DNR's Wisconsin Assessment Monies award, valued at about $30,000, comes in the form of contractor services for assessing conditions at the site.
DNR Brownfields Section Chief Christine Haag...
"....the former Nagle Lumber Company has been sold to a new owner and that property owner along with the Vilas County Economic Development Corporation approached DNR to ask if we could assist with environmental assessment...."
Haag says this program helps to re-purpose potentially contaminated properties...
"....this is an award from the Wisconsin Assessment Monies Program help communities and property owners understand the environmental conditions on the property and help make the difference between these properties being underutilized or vacant or getting cleaned up and utilizing a new purpose...."
Experts will determine if the property contains any contamination in the soil or groundwater. Haag says the award works for local governments because there is no financial match or project administration involved.
The awards are administered by the DNR Remediation and Redevelopment Program and help communities with professional environmental assessments of contaminated properties.