The Oak Ridge City Council and U.S. Department of Energy will discuss a proposed amendment to a historical interpretation agreement on Tuesday evening.
The agenda for the non-voting Council work session does not give the purpose of the proposed amendment or say what it might do.
But it appears that the proposed amendment could be related to historical interpretation at the former K-25 site in west Oak Ridge because one of the DOE representatives scheduled to talk to Council is Steve Cooke, K-25 preservation coordinator for the U.S. Department of Energy. Also scheduled to talk to Council is Dave Adler, acting deputy manager for DOE’s Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management.
There was a 2012 agreement for K-25 between the U.S. Department of Energy and other parties, although it wasn’t immediately clear Sunday if that is the agreement referenced in the agenda for the City Council work session on Tuesday. The 2012 agreement was made as part of the National Historic Preservation Act, and it allowed the complete demolition of the four-story, 44-acre K-25 Building. It allowed workers to demolish the North Tower at the K-25 Building, which historic preservationists had lobbied for years to save. In exchange for the complete demolition of K-25, the agreement called for a history center at the Oak Ridge fire station at K-25, a K-25 replica equipment building and viewing tower, an online virtual museum, and a $500,000 grant to buy and stabilize the historic Alexander Inn in central Oak Ridge, which has since been converted into an assisted living center.
K-25 is now known as Heritage Center or East Tennessee Technology Park.
The Tuesday evening work session is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. Tuesday, February 19, in the Multipurpose Room at the Central Services Complex on Woodbury Lane.
Also on the agenda are a discussion of challenges and projects for the Oak Ridge Recreation and Parks Department, an overview and follow-up on the Water Treatment Plant project, and general updates on the Bull Run Fossil Plant and the status of the Main Street Oak Ridge redevelopment, among other items.
You can see the agenda for Tuesday evening here.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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