"Obviously, we would like to pay less than more, but in retrospect, looking at the other transactions in the area, I think it's a pretty fair number to them as well as with us," said Michael Biddle, Emeryville city attorney.
Despite the latest resolution in the city's efforts to develop the site for retail use and condominiums, there are still at least two other remaining issues: a dispute over who will pay for soil cleanup and the discovery of American Indian remains on the site.
The city has filed a federal lawsuit against Elementis
and the owners of adjacent properties, demanding that they pay for cleanup of the soil in the area, which has been contaminated largely with arsenic. Elementis
operated a paint pigment plant at the site for many years.The property at one time was also used for pesticide production.
said the environmental cleanup, which cost the city $11 million, was just about done.
Another issue at the site is the discovery of the remains of Native Americans.
About 140 remains have been recovered, and city officials believe there are more.
"We've contacted the Native American Heritage Commission
in Sacramento and have located the most likely descendant . . ." Biddle
said."We still need to figure out what to do with them before we start construction."
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