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Simkins Industries Will Develop or Sell Old Mill Site

Simkins Industries continues conversations with Baltimore County and the Maryland Department of the Environment on how to clean up the property.

Simkins Industries will either redevelop the abandoned Simkins Mill site along the Patapsco River, or sell the property to a developer or the state of Maryland.

Those are the options outlined in a letter sent by Simkins Chief Financial Anthony Battaglia to Baltimore County this month.

The River Road mill site, which has been operating since the 1800s, was used by the Connecticut-based company as a recycled paper mill until a fire destroyed the property in 2003. Another fire occurred in .

The company has been corresponding with Baltimore County and state officials on how to clean up the property, which according to county Building Engineer Donald Brand is open to the elements and 20 percent is deemed unsound.

In the most recent letter (attached to this article), Battaglia said the company will continue to clean up and repair the property and hold a public hearing in September to answer questions from the public about the clean-up process.

Actual cleanup and repair is expected to start in 2013, under a state program that Simkins has been accepted to. The state Department of the Environment will oversee the clean-up of the 55-acre property.

Once the property has been cleaned up, Simkins will either develop the property, sell it to a developer or sell it to MDE, Battaglia said.

"Since we are just beginning the implementation phase of the site work, it is impossible at this time to provide a definitive final use for this property, but Simkins does not intend to resume industrial operations on this property once exiting the [Voluntary Cleanup] program," he wrote.

What do you think of the company's plan? Tell us in the comments.

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Joe August 15, 2012 at 11:10 PM
I would love to own this property and build 3-4 luxury homes overlooking the beautiful Patapsco River at the junction of the extended hiking biking trails from the city to the western and northern counties. That would preserve the land mostly as returning to mostly natural after the removal of the dams. I don't know why the 3-4 home could not use hydro from the river for electric! Or even more home nearby on the same grid. THAT would be visionary.
Geoffrey Atkinson August 16, 2012 at 12:50 PM
The property is an eyesore as well as a menace - both for public safety as well as the environment. Raze it. 20 years is a mere blink of an eye to a river - with the dam gone the river will soon revert to its natural state... even if "soon" seems like a long time to us short lived humans.
gloria miller August 17, 2012 at 02:13 AM
I have lived here 70 years so sad to see what this has become
Christina Gick August 17, 2012 at 02:23 AM
Gloria, do you live near the plant? Just curious because I lived there until 1967
anon August 23, 2012 at 03:30 AM
The River Road/park/Simkins mill area is attracting crime, vandalism, and dangerous individuals and it NEEDs to be high priority for the county and Simkins to secure and clean up. PLEASE. I pay loads of property taxes and I'm begging you to please please secure this area so I don't have to be afraid to go out of my front door at night.

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