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AUG 2018

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allwomenobgyn.com newyorklife.com LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 8.18 35 1966: Devoe & Raynolds becomes Celanese Coating Co. 1968: The address changes from 1481 S. 11th St. to 1495 S. 11th St. 1980: The company name changes to Celanese Plastics and produces resin products on the larger campus, which stores about 20,000 gallons of solvent chemicals in tankards and 25,000 gallons of hexane in underground tanks. An explosion at this site occurs when a truck drives into pipelines that carry propylene oxide, a chemical that causes severe skin burns. 1983: The site is nominated for a spot on the National Register of Historic Places but is two years shy of the 50- year age requirement. (In 2018, it's still not on the register.) 1986: Celanese Plastics sells the company and space to Atlanta-based Interchem Inc. 1989: French chemistry company Rhône-Poulenc buys the property. 1994: Rhône-Poulenc ends a series of layoffs with most employees out of a job by August. In November, the company holds an auction to sell the production and laboratory equipment. 1995: The 17-acre lot with 300,000 square feet of building space sits empty. It is listed for sale for $22 million. 2002: Louisville Metro purchases the land for $1 million. 2008: The last building (other than the original concrete lab) is razed. The demolition takes more than two years. CRS Demolition charges the city $1 but earns a small profit by salvaging and reselling materials from the grounds. Since then, various development plans for the site, including residential usage, have incorporated the lab building. Nothing is currently in the works. — JK

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