A former concrete plant in Greenwood faces the wrecking ball to make room for a wider road.
The city plans to raze the former Prairie Materials concrete plant so it can turn Worthsville Road into a major boulevard that can handle traffic from a planned Interstate 65 exit. Most of the land the plant occupies will be converted to a wetlands area and trail, Mayor Mark Myers said.
Illinois-based Prairie Materials shut down the plant a few years ago, and it’s been vacant since then.
Myers said it has become an eyesore. The city hopes removing it and replacing it with a more scenic nature area that’s designed to absorb rainwater will encourage more development along Worthsville Road and improve the appearance of what will become a major gateway into Greenwood.
The city already has purchased two properties along Worthsville Road through eminent domain and has torn down a house as part of the widening project.