Paisley residents gathered at the Community Center on Thursday, Oct. 8 to hear a report on the Brownfields project. The Lake County Coalition Assessment Grant of $600,000 funded environmental testing on potentially contaminated properties that might be eligible for commercial, industrial or residential development.
At the old Paisley Fremont Mill site, owned by the Carlon family, samples were gathered and sent to a laboratory for testing. The lab report was sent to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), with a recommendation for no further action on that property.
Keith Ziobron from Cardno Company explained the evaluation process, which also involves re-use planning for properties. After DEQ approval, the property could potentially be available for purchase by a developer. Some possible uses suggested at the meeting were an RV park to encourage tourism, a drive-in theater, single family housing or light industrial.
Paisley is a partner with South Central Oregon Economic Development District, Lake County and the town of Lakeview. The coalition is applying for another three-year grant which would provide $600,000 to identify, examine and clean up newly identified Brownfields sites. Members of the Paisley community offered suggestions of possible properties that could potentially be developed as a restaurant to replace the Homestead Café, which was destroyed by fire, or another motel to accommodate tourists, since Travel Southern Oregon has been promoting local trails for mountain biking and hiking.