ROANOKE, Va. – Less than five months after filing a lawsuit against the city of Roanoke, Walker Machine & Foundry is selling its land.
For years, Walker and Roanoke have clashed over land Walker owns that would help finish connecting the Roanoke River Greenway.
“The city refuses to see how the greenway will destroy our business,” said the company’s president in 2015, while speaking against Roanoke using eminent domain to acquire the company’s land.
Walker filed its lawsuit on June 18 as the company claimed it was losing business and its property value had decreased.
According to the lawsuit, the foundry would likely have to be moved if the Greenway is built as planned because the foundry would not be in compliance with the Department of Environmental Quality and would lose its permits required to operate.
Now, the 16.11-acre property is listed for $3,999,500 by Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer.
The property includes 25 separate parcels, including the contentious stretch that would potentially allow for the expansion of the Roanoke River Greenway.
Possible future plans for the site could include a playground, farmer’s market, canoe landing, as well as a new restaurant.