Joshua Morrison/News Residents of a west side neighborhood were updated Thursday on the development of a community park near the entrance of the former American National Can property at Madison and Monroe streets. Speaking at the meeting were, from left, Area Development Foundation and Knox County Land Bank’s Jeffry Harris, Mount Vernon Police Capt. Scott McKnight and Second Ward Councilman John Francis.

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Residents of a west side neighborhood were updated Thursday on the development of a community park near the entrance of the former American National Can property at Madison and Monroe streets. Speaking at the meeting were, from left, Area Development Foundation and Knox County Land Bank’s Jeffry Harris, Mount Vernon Police Capt. Scott McKnight and Second Ward Councilman John Francis. Request this photo

 

MOUNT VERNON — Work has begun at the American National Can property, clearing it of its accumulated growth and trash. In about three weeks a visitor — or potential buyer — will be able to see the scope of the property.

Area Development Foundation Director Jeffry Harris told a small gathering at the edge of the property that United Aggregates has been hired by the Land Bank to clear the property and, when it is done, will clear the one-acre site at the corner of Marion and Madison streets to put in a neighborhood park.

Harris explained that the park, situated where the ANC property and the tip of the 47-acre Siemens property lie next to each other, will remain part of the potential development area. If a buyer should need the park area as well, the city and Land Bank will work to find another site in the neighborhood for the park.

“That isn’t likely, but we want to have the option available,” he said.

 

Chuck Martin: 740-397-5333 or cmartin@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews

 

 

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