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Alcoa Plans To Sell Former Smelter Site In Md.

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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — Aluminum maker Alcoa says it plans to sell a 2,200-acre site near Frederick that was once home to a smelting plant.

The Pittsburgh-based company is asking the Frederick County Commissioners on Thursday to terminate a 44-year-old land-use agreement that is blocking redevelopment of the site. The agreement says that parts of the property can be used only for making aluminum.

An Alcoa spokeswoman says the company plans to actively market the site for sale and make it viable for any number of future developments.

She says Alcoa hopes to work with local and state officials to bring economic development to the area.

Alcoa closed the plant in 2005 and has been dismantling the buildings there.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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