Finding the Silver Lining – a Tour of Sterling Faucet

Tuesday, September 12, 2017
1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Mobile Workshop Description

The Sterling Faucet Co. was founded in 1907 and prospered for many years as a leading manufacturer of faucets and other brassware. The location in Morgantown was referred to as the “Tin Mill” and began operations as glass and tin plating in the early 1900s. The Site is located within the corporate limits of Morgantown, West Virginia, adjacent to the Sabraton interchange (WV Route 7) of Interstate 68 and Deckers Creek, a tributary of the Monongahela River. Manufacturing ceased on the 30 acre property in 1994, leaving an eye sore and a very visible reminder of better economic times.

Kohler-Sterling Faucet (a.k.a. Tin Mill Crossing) was one of the first sites to enter the WV VRP; filing an Application with the WVDEP in 1997. Engineering and institutional controls were established. Contaminants of concern are metals and VOCs in the soils and groundwater.

Restrictions and on-going obligations include: semi-annual groundwater monitoring for natural attenuation, maintenance of an impermeable cap, erosion control along the banks of Deckers Creek, nonresidential use of the property, and the extraction of groundwater is prohibited except for remediation or monitoring.

During the mobile workshop, we will get off the bus and take a first-hand look at what was once a large and historic manufacturer in Morgantown, which is now a hub of retail and commercial development. Kohler-Sterling Faucet is a flag ship project to the VRP, demonstrating how former manufacturing sites can be successfully redeveloped with the team work and vision of owners, consultants, local municipalities, economic development authorities, and the WVDEP. Current users of the property include: Marriott Spring Hill Suites, Sheetz, First United Bank, Goodwill Industries, Burger King, R.E. Michel, Southern States, Queen’s Choice Formal Wear, among others.