Sewer District Purchases Building For MSD Project Clear

St. Louis' Hilliker Corporation represents seller of property

Online PR News – 26-August-2014 – St. Louis, Mo. – The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD) recently purchased a building and property related to MSD Project Clear, its long-term initiative designed to improve water quality and alleviate wastewater concerns.

MSD bought a 60,000-square-foot manufacturing building, which is located at 1600 Macklind Ave. on three acres of land. Part of the 60-year-old building situated near River Des Peres will be torn down to create access for MSD Project Clear, which involves creating underground tunnels to store rain runoff during heavy storms, and then convey it to wastewater treatment plants for treatment when storms pass.

Hilliker Corporation agent Hal Ball represented the seller, DFD Industries, LLC and MSD had internal representation for their purchase.

MSD plans to invest billions of dollars for MSD Project Clear, which will involve hundreds of projects throughout the district’s service area. A primary goal is to get the rain out of the wastewater sewer system to reduce basement backups and overflows. MSD’s largest single project includes boring of a nine-mile tunnel deep beneath the River Des Peres to store storm runoff until it can be pumped to the Lemay Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Hilliker Corporation, which targets regional and national entrepreneurs, is St. Louis’ largest locally owned independent commercial real estate company located at 1401 S. Brentwood Blvd. The firm’s agents, who each average over 15 years of experience, have completed more than 10,000 sales and leases for industrial, office, retail and institutional clients since its inception in 1985. For more information, contact Hal Ball at (314) 781-0001.

About MSD Project Clear
MSD Project Clear is the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District’s initiative to improve water quality and alleviate many wastewater concerns in the St. Louis region. MSD Project Clear will invest billions of dollars over a generation in planning, designing, and building community rainscaping and system improvements, along with an ambitious program of maintenance and repair and the disconnection of some residential downspouts in parts of St. Louis County’s separate sewer area from the wastewater sewer line. This work is part of an agreement between MSD, United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Missouri Coalition for the Environment.

The St. Louis region’s success with MSD Project Clear will only be possible through strong partnerships and clear communications with the public.

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About the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD)
Created in 1954, the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD) works every day to protect the public’s health and the natural environment through effective wastewater and stormwater management strategies.

MSD is responsible for the public sewer system that homes and businesses connect to through lateral lines. Through a labyrinth of connected sewers, wastewater is transported to one of seven sewer treatment plants – more than 6,500 miles of wastewater sewers in all. That is like going from St. Louis to New York City and back three times! Individual property owners are responsible for another important part of the system, the sewer lateral that connects a home’s plumbing to the public sewer in the street.