Homes at ex-industrial site not yet for sale

The cleanup of contaminated ground underneath two homes near a Franklin city park is finished, but the homes will stay empty for at least another year.

Duke Energy bought two homes — located at 201 and 205 S. Home Ave. — near Province Park in Franklin two years ago in order to clean up the contaminated dirt underneath. The site was a manufactured gas plant dating back to the 1800s.

A project to remove thousands of tons of dirt from around the homes began in August 2012 and was finished in early 2013. Some byproducts of the gas plant, such as tar, were found deep in the soil. But nothing unexpected was found, nor did the amounts pose a threat to residents in the area because they were so deep in the ground, Duke Energy spokesman Lew Middleton said.

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