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Further Testing Of Dinneen’s Property Needed

Former Dinneen’s Car Dealership (Doug Randall/TSM)

An official with the Cheyenne Police Department says that while an environmental analysis of the property the city wants to use for a new Public Safety Building didn’t raise any red flags, some further testing for environmental hazards will be needed before the purchase of the property can be finalized.

Lt. Mark Munari says the former car dealership has been a location for various businesses  as far back as 1880. Property nearby was also at one time home to a dry cleaning business, which could possibly have resulted in some contamination. Munari says Terraccon, the company which conducted the analysis, recommended some limited environmental testing to make sure the site is free of environmental hazards. Munari says he expects that process to take roughly 2-3 weeks. He says if no major concerns are discovered the city should be able to finalize the purchase shortly after that.

Voters approved spending $25 million for a new Public Safety Building to house the Cheyenne Police Department, Cheyenne Fire and Rescue Administration, and other emergency responders on the sixth penny sales tax ballot in 2012. The city council approved purchasing the former car dealership as a location earlier this year. The environmental anlysis is part of the sity’s process of ”due dilegence” prior to finalizing the deal.

Mayor Rick Kaysen has said the city could close on the deal in June if no major problems are discovered.

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