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EPA grant helping clean up old DMU power plant
The old Denison Municipal Utilities power plant is where the city will use part of a $400,000 EPA Brownfield grant awarded earlier this year.
Carlos Castillo is a local contractor who got involved with repurposing the building a couple of years ago after hearing it might be torn down.
"I knew they were thinking about tearing it down and I just thought it would be better used to repurpose it," said Castillo.
Several local and regional officials toured the power plant property on Friday. Castillo shared some ideas for what the building could become.
"We're still interested in the small loft-style apartments or condos in the newer part of the building but as far as the rest of it goes it's going to be basically we're hoping for a state-of-the-art kitchen, restaurant, steakhouse, and then hopefully some live entertainment. We need a good steakhouse around. Kind of want to make it an event where you're not just coming to eat you're coming to have a good time. That's what we're hoping for," said Castillo.
He says the EPA grant will help clean the property up.
"They come in and they check everything EPA-wise that may have happened years ago whether it be a coal spill or anything like that has to be cleaned up by the EPA. The grant will cover that and that won't eat into our cost for the budget of the project," said Castillo.
Castillo says the project is not going to happen overnight but this is a good step in the right direction.