Vienna officials eye Johns Manville property

VIENNA – Vienna City Council will hold a special session at 7 p.m. Thursday in council chambers to discuss the purchase of real property located at 2905 Second Ave. in Vienna.

On Tuesday evening, Mayor Randy Rapp confirmed that the site is the property known as the Johns Manville property, but declined to make any further statement regarding council’s plans at Thursday’s meeting.

The amount of the 33-acre property being considered for purchase was not revealed Tuesday.

The Johns Mansville property is currently owned by Bob Childers, a Huntington developer and owner of Structure Resources Inc. and Childers Properties.

Childers could not be reached for comment Tuesday evening.

Fourteen parcels within the property were purchased during a delinquent property auction by Jimmy Harper Construction in November 2013, according to Wood County Sheriff’s Tax Office records.

At the time of the sale, Structure Resources Inc. had 18 months to meet the properties’ financial obligations. It was unknown Tuesday whether those financial obligations had been met. The 18-month time frame for those financial obligations has not expired.

Vienna attempted to purchase parcels of the property during the November tax sale, but was outbid after setting aside $45,000 for the purchase.

Demolition and construction at the site has been ongoing since Structure Resources Inc. purchased the property in 2011 with the intention of recycling the scrap the property contained before developing it for use.

The Johns Manville site operated for 98 years. It opened in 1908 as a Vitrolite glass factory, which began production as the Meyercord-Carter Company in the same year.

In 1952, it became the Johns Manville plant, which operated until 2006 as a manufacturer and marketer of building insulation, commercial roofing, roof insulation and specialty products for commercial, industrial and residential applications.