Donald Trump’s latest announcement could be another ploy for the limelight, but the real estate mogul announced interest in purchasing the former home of the animal disease research center.
Plum Island was home to the animal disease research center starting in 1954 but a vote in 2009 proposed the construction of a new facility in Manhattan, Kan. The General Services Administration is charged with selling the island.
The 843-acre island includes bio-secure laboratory buildings, army barracks, parade grounds, ferry landing and a lighthouse. The General Services Administration issued an environmental review recommending the sale proceed in late June but plans to sell the island have been met with opposition from legislators, area residents and environmental groups.
Trump has not made any specific plans for the island, but told the Associated Press he’s interested in looking at the property.
"We would do something, but it would not be on a big scale," Trump said. "We would look at it and come up with something appropriate."
The island is valued somewhere between $50 and $80 million prior to cleanup work. The sale of the former animal disease research center would help fund construction on the new lab.