Johns Manville property placed on Vienna agenda

VIENNA – The Vienna City Council will hold a special meeting at 7 p.m. Monday in city council chambers to discuss a real estate transaction for property at 2905 Second Ave., officials said.

The property being discussed is the Johns Manville property, said Vienna Mayor Randy Rapp on Thursday afternoon. This is the only item on the agenda for the special city council meeting.

Rapp described the situation as a special meeting to get together and talk about the purchase of property. He anticipates there will be an executive session during the meeting.

“I think (the property) would be a great asset to the City of Vienna,” Rapp said.

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

Rapp declined to comment on the specific topics that will be under discussion in the executive meeting or on whether negotiations were in progress Thursday evening.

The city has no set price in mind for the property, Rapp said.

Vienna first announced its interest in the Johns Manville property on March 19. The property was discussed during an executive session on March 20 during a special Vienna City Council meeting.

Although there have been numerous executive sessions during subsequent city council meetings, Rapp declined to comment whether each was about the Johns Manville property or other properties in the city such as the recently acquired Goldsmit-Black property at 210 60th St.

No information has been released concerning how much of the 33-acre Johns Manville property the city is considering for purchase.

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

Demolition and construction at the site have 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.

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 property’s financial obligations. It was unknown 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.