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Vintage Redevelopment

Of all of the potential end-uses for the site of the old Diamond Shamrock Painesville Works, a vineyard and winery are probably the least expected options. In fact, when we first proposed the concept, the thought behind the quizzical looks which were generated by our idea undoubtedly was – have you been drinking? Because of its past use as a settling pond, that portion of the site was geotechnically unsuitable for heavy construction. For the past 25 years, the pond has drained and naturally re-vegetated with grasses and trees, supporting a variety of wildlife. In exploring potential end-uses consistent with Hemisphere’s development plan focusing on the site’s natural amenities, one of our scientists presented an interesting concept. Dr. William Rish, a nationally prominent risk assessor and noted wine connoisseur, determined that the soils in the former settling pond consisted primarily of limestone and calcium as a result of former soda…Log In to Read Full Article

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