After more than five years of discussion, the city of Lawrence will become official owner of the former Farmland Industries fertilizer plant.


After more than five years of discussion, the city of Lawrence will become official owner of the former Farmland Industries fertilizer plant.

City Manager David Corliss told The Lawrence Journal-World that ownership of the site in east Lawrence will transfer to the city on Wednesday.

The 467-acre site has been in a bankruptcy trust since Farmland declared bankruptcy in 2002.

The Lawrence City Commission on Tuesday agreed to seek proposals from companies interested in demolishing most of the structures on the site. The city has said that it plans to convert the property into a business park.

The city will receive $8.5 million in trust fund money to clean up soil and groundwater contamination left from when Farmland operated a nitrogen fertilizer plant.