Source: Oak Ridge Today | John Huotari | October 23, 2017

The image above showing reindustrialization progress at East Tennessee Technology Park comes from a presentation on Oct. 11, 2017, by Dave Adler by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management. The K-31/K-33 area is the blue area at the top right side of the ETTP site, and Duct Island is the purple/pink area just below it and slightly to the left. The former K-25 Building was in the yellow area at center. The proposed airport is at the bottom right in the blue and purple/pink area on the north side of State Route 58.

About 185 acres in the northwest corner of Heritage Center, the former K-25 site, have been transferred to the Community Reuse Organization of East Tennessee.

CROET is a nonprofit organization that helps find new uses for former U.S. Department of Energy property.

The 185 acres transferred to CROET at Heritage Center are where the K-31 and K-33 buildings used to be. The property transfer was recorded at the Roane County courthouse on October 10, said Lawrence Young, CROET president.

“We hope to be able to attract, over time, larger industrial clients,” Young said Monday.

The parcels are currently vacant, and they have been cleaned up by the U.S. Department of Energy and UCOR, DOE’s cleanup contractor in Oak Ridge. There should not be any impediments to using the parcels as industrial property from an environmental standpoint, Young said.

“Like all brownfield sites, there are issues with foundations and other abandoned utility structures that will need to be addressed when constructing new industrial facilities,” Young said. “It is permitted to be used for all uses currently allowed in the city’s Industrial 2 zone.”

CROET has submitted a request to transfer the area known as Duct Island at the former K-25 site, which is also known as East Tennessee Technology Park or Heritage Center. Duct Island is a peninsular land mass of about 180-200 acres on the west side of ETTP. That transfer should be under congressional review now, Young said.

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OREM’s vision is a clean, modernized, and reindustrialized Oak Ridge that is capable of advancing the Energy Department’s vital missions. (3-D rendering of the East Tennessee Technology Park in 2020)