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Henderson Residents Not Thrilled About New Development On Old Mine

Imagine you're shopping for a new home and the realtor lets it slip that there is an old mine just beneath what might be your new house. Would you hesitate to buy? That's what potential new homeowners are facing in the Lake Las Vegas area of Henderson, Nevada. As the Henderson City Council has recently approved building a new community of homes on what is currently an old mine site. The Three Kids Mine site is over 100 years old, and some residents who have grown up in the area have said it was always a prohibited place, ktnv.com reported. This reminds me of Poltergeist. Remember when the houses were built on a graveyard? Though it's not ghosts and bodies these homeowners might have to worry about. Some locals say it's the contaminates in the soil that might be of greatest concern. The mine was used to extract manganese from 1917-1961 (ktnv.com). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says it could be dangerous for people to breathe manganese dust. And that prolonged exposure could cause damage to liver, kidneys, lungs and even lead to a neurological condition. And that's not all. The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection says the mine also contains asbestos and arsenic, ktnv.com reports. The community development plan includes a thorough clean up of the site. Including removing all contaminants and filling the old mine with clean soil. The question is, will it be enough to attract buyers to Henderson? And more so, will it be worth the cost to develop? The completed project is estimated to have a price tag of $400 million. Which includes the construction of 3,000 new homes. People are consistently flocking to Nevada and the housing market is still a tough game to be in. So the land's history might not matter to new buyers. Time will have to tell. Clean-up begins summer 2024. -Wendy Rush, 96.3KKLZ

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