Cost of Mercer land cleanup sparks debate

MERCER, Pa. (WKBN) — A land development project in talks for years is drawing controversy in western Pennsylvania at the Interstate 80-state Route 19 interchange.

The area remains underdeveloped. For years, it was a quarry, and now Mercer County commissioners are working to develop the land.

The project, which is expected to cost approximately $20 million, is drawing skepticism by some in the county because of how expensive it will be to sell the land. Some estimate the price of the land will be $80,000 per acre in order for the county to recoup its costs.

However, work on the land is expected to move forward, with completion expected by early 2016.

It was difficult to attract development to the site because of the lack of infrastructure. But commissioners are planning a new $9 million sewage treatment plant there, which they hope will help attract potential buyers.

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