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In today's "You Said It," we ask Kent City Councilman Erik Valenta for his thoughts on Monday's downtown redevelopment press conference and the city's plans to buy the AMETEK property on Lake Street as part of the downtown deal. Check Kent Patch Friday for our next "You Said It" video on Monday's news and the AMETEK purchase agreement.
Land deal helps bring firm's 80 employees into downtown redevelopment project
Kent City Council members voted to buy the AMETEK property on Lake Street tonight for $106,000 as part of a deal that moves the firm into the downtown redevelopment project. The purchase passed unanimously by council Wednesday. Kent City Manager Dave Ruller said AMETEK is essentially donating the 15-acre, 288,000-square-foot complex so it can move into new space being built by Fairmount Properties downtown. The catch, Ruller said, is that the city has to continue the environmental cleanup efforts AMETEK has started on the property. He added that the city already has $500,000 set aside to address any potential remediation. Councilman John Kuhar asked if the city knows how much it will cost to clean the property, which has been used for …