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Wilson seeks update on vacant Dixie Cup property

Owner scheduled to appear March 26

WILSON BOROUGH, Pa. - Wilson Borough Council has once again summoned the owner of the vacant Dixie Cup manufacturing plant to answer questions about the status of the property.

Borough solicitor Stanley Margle said at Monday’s meeting that attorney Joseph Reibman, owner of the property, is scheduled to appear at Council’s March 26 meeting to deliver updates about the project financing, status of repairs of the blighted landmark and whether the structure is compliant with borough codes.

Frustrated by the lack of progress, Wilson has been in regular discussions with Reibman for two years about planned renovations.

The Dixie Cup plant, built in the early 1920s, manufactured products for about 60 years until it shut its doors. It’s a faded shell of a building, and its windows are shattered.

Reibman has maintained that it will be more cost effective to renovate the building than rebuild it, but neither option is inexpensive. His goal has been to fully occupy the old plant with tenants by completely renovating the building and creating a welcoming place.

When he last addressed Council last year, Reibman said changes would not happen soon because an environmental consulting firm found that the site needs asbestos and lead paint remediation before it can be redeveloped.

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