AEP Service Center construction reveals dirt mountain

Published January 16, 2014 by justicewg

New AEP bldg
AEP Ohio made an announcement back in September last year that they were building a new Grandview Service Center. The old building on Goodale has been torn down and it looks like they are now preparing the foundations for the new building.

The project is supposed to cost $4.8 million and will hold 58 employees, mostly shifted from other places to the new shop. I don’t think any awards are in the cards for the utilitarian building that will be finished sometime late in 2014, but anything is an improvement to the 1940’s shacks that it replaces.

The interesting bit in this photo is the mountain of dirt that has been revealed in the background since the removal of the old shop.

Dirt mountain

Dirt mountain

That mound of dirt is hundreds of yards behind the AEP property, on the other side of the railroad tracks. The distance makes estimates hard, but I’m guessing that is a 50 foot tall pile. What is the deal with this new mountain?

The location of the mountain is the Kaplin site, where a developer tried and failed to build a project to be called “Grandview Station” (now called “Grandview Crossing”). It is now being remediated with a Clean Ohio grant by Wagenbrenner Development. The completion of that cleanup is supposed to take years, and further development not expected before 2021.

Toepfner mound 2

Toepfner mound 2

So my lazyweb question – why did they create the huge dirt pile? It’s much taller than any further construction might use on the property – unless a ski hill is part of the new development.

(update) There is now an issue with the cleanup on the Kaplin property, getting a special permit from the EPA will cause all water wells within a half-mile to be prohibited from use. The Grandview pool is a short distance away, the well that is used to fill the pool saves the city big money, at least $12K a year. Adding new pipes to connect to the Columbus water system could cost $80K. The council is not happy.

Cosmic irony Grandview style

The dirt pile is on the opposite side of 33 from the location of the old Toepfner mound. I wrote about this historical Adena monument, and how it was torn down to make commercial buildings.

What would the Adena tribe think if they could see a new mound going up across the street, ten times the size of the old mound?
toepfner

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