The Former Evans Paint facility is an approximately 1.5 acre parcel that was initially platted for residential use in the early 1900s. The property was subsequently used by a coal distributor, oil distributor, and finally by a paint manufacturer.
However, the area was developed for industrial uses after the construction of the Virginian Railway which passes by the south side of the facility. Paint manufacturing began in the 1960s and continued until 1992 when the operator, Evans Paint, went out of business.
The property is located in the central portion of the Roanoke River
brownfield corridor, as identified in the City-Wide Brownfield
Redevelopment Plan, and more specifically in the Mountain View/Norwich
The U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) conducted a removal action at the facility
during the summer of 2000 to dispose of hazardous materials abandoned in
the facility by the operator.
In September 2001, EPA’s site
inspection process concluded with a No Further Remedial Action Plan
(NFRAP) determination relative to the Comprehensive Environmental
Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA).
As the property has been abandoned, taxes have not been paid on the
property since Evans Paint ceased operations in the early 1990s. The
property was auctioned at a tax sale on July 15, 2010 and sold to a
private owner. As of November 2010, the owner was rehabbing the building
and plans to lease the space to a future tenant.
The City has adopted a plan for the Mountain View/Norwich corridor that
will convert this underused industrial property to park space and a
mixture of residential and small businesses. This reuse will be
facilitated by construction of the Roanoke River Flood Reduction and
Roanoke River Greenway Projects.
EPA assessment and revolving
loan fund grants can be used to facilitate/finance development at Evans
Paint and other properties in the corridor. The Cleveland Avenue
corridor including the former Evans Paint facility was rezoned to Urban
Flex (UF) District in 2009.
The Urban Flex District encourages
reuse of the former Evans Paint property and other land in the corridor
by making a wide range of residential, commercial, and some industrial
uses available to prospective developers and businesses.