Did everyone see this -- Ohio awarded a grant for Ameritrust asbestos removal.
TAFT ANNOUNCES CLEAN OHIO FUND PROJECTS
More Than $40 Million Awarded To Clean Up Brownfield Sites
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 14, 2005
Columbus, OH -- Governor Bob Taft announced more than $40 million in Clean Ohio Revitalization Fund grants to 15 brownfield clean-up projects throughout the state. The funding will allow for the reuse of idle commercial and industrial properties and are expected to initially create and retain 2,153 jobs.
“The Clean Ohio Fund is preserving green space and farmland, improving outdoor recreation, revitalizing blighted neighborhoods by cleaning up and redeveloping polluted properties and improving the lives of Ohioans,” said Taft. “The Clean Ohio Revitalization Funds awarded today are powerful tools that help communities jumpstart local economic development and improve quality of life for their citizens.”
The Clean Ohio Revitalization Fund is one of four competitive funding programs within the $400 million Clean Ohio Fund program, which voters approved in November 2000. The Clean Ohio Council was created to administer the fund, offering grants and loans to local governments and other public entities to clean up brownfields. Members of the Council represent the interests of counties, townships, municipal corporations, business and development entities and statewide environmental advocacy organizations.
According to Lieutenant Governor Bruce Johnson, who also serves as Director of the Ohio Department of Development, which administers the Revitalization Funds, 22 communities across the state submitted applications requesting more than $53 million for clean-up projects. Johnson also serves as Chair of the Clean Ohio Council.
“Brownfield redevelopment allows a community to reclaim and improve its lands, making previously developed property viable for new development, new businesses and new jobs,” said Johnson. “I am pleased we are able to provide such important assistance to Ohio’s communities.”
The following projects have been awarded Clean Ohio Revitalization Funds, pending State Controlling Board approval:
Cincinnati (Millworks Redevelopment) – The City of Cincinnati will receive $3 million to acquire, and perform demolition and remedial activities at, a portion of the former Cincinnati Milacron industrial facility, which was developed in 1911. The Cincinnati Planer Company, the Alvey-Fergeson Company, and the Kirk & Blum Manufacturing Company subsequently used the 15.23-acre site, located at 3120 Forrer Street. The Kirk & Blum Company will purchase a larger, more updated facility within the City of Cincinnati. The property will be redeveloped into retail and commercial space with a 75,000 square-foot Jungle Jim’s Supermarket as an anchor tenant. This project is expected to create 150 jobs.
Columbus Regional Airport Authority (Gowdy Field) – The Columbus Regional Airport Authority will receive $3 million to properly close a former unlicensed landfill. The property, located along the Olentangy River, between W. Third Street and Goodale Avenue, was first used as a community garden and ball fields. In the late 1950s the site was mined for material for road construction and the excavations were filled with solid waste. Time Warner’s 160,000 square-foot regional headquarters will be constructed on the site. Gowdy Partners is also planning to construct an additional office building to allow for expansion or additional tenants on the property. This project is expected to create and retain 650 jobs.
Cuyahoga County (Ameritrust) – Cuyahoga County will receive $3 million to conduct asbestos abatement in the former Ameritrust complex at 900 Euclid Avenue in downtown Cleveland. The 1.66-acre property contains four buildings including the Rotunda, Prospect, Huron and 1010 Euclid Avenue buildings. The Rotunda opened in 1908 as an office for the Cleveland Trust Company. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and will be preserved during the course of this project. The remaining buildings were used as the Ameritrust Bank headquarters. The site is to be the new County Administration Complex. This project is expected to create 130 jobs.
Cuyahoga County (Flats East Bank) – Cuyahoga County will receive $3 million to conduct demolition and remediation activities at the 5.27-acre project site, which includes portions of Old River Road, Front Street and Main Avenue. Since the 1880s, the property was developed for many uses including: coal and coke storage, furniture manufacturing, warehouses, paint, chemical, and oil manufacturing facilities, a metal grinding company, and trucking companies. The property was converted into clubs and restaurants during the 1980s and 1990s and contains two vacant buildings. The County and development partner The Wolstein Group will create a mixed-use neighborhood, which will reconnect residents and visitors to the Cuyahoga River. This project is expected to create 133 units of housing and 440,000 square-feet of office/retail space.
Dayton (TechTown) – The City of Dayton will receive $3 million to demolish and remediate a portion of the former GM Harrison Delphi site located along the Mad River at 719 E. Monument Avenue. The City of Dayton is redeveloping this blighted, former General Motors property to become a technology business park close to downtown Dayton. It will include new greenspace, parks and office/industrial spaces. One on-site building will be renovated and reused and the City of Dayton has secured three tenants for the new 44,000 square-foot advanced technology building.
Dayton (University of Dayton Riverfront Development) – The City of Dayton will receive $2,540,743 for asbestos abatement, demolition, and soil remediation of 11 acres of property with one vacant office structure. The project property, located at 1300 Patterson Blvd., along the Great Miami River, is part of a 49-acre tract of land historically utilized by National Cash Register primarily for heavy manufacturing purposes. The University of Dayton purchased the property in June 2005 to develop academic, research, and commercial facilities. The University plans to construct a 100,000 square foot mixed-use retail, office, and residential development. This project is expected to create six jobs, and catalyze redevelopment in the area.
Gahanna (Bedford I Landfill) – The City of Gahanna will receive $2,999,990 to conduct demolition and remedial activities at the Bedford I Landfill. The 136.8-acre property contains approximately 21 acres of the former Columbus Tile Yard, a brick manufacturing facility; 26.3 acres of undeveloped commercial property; and 81 acres of landfill. The privately operated Bedford I Landfill accepted municipal and industrial waste from the 1970s to 1995. Gahanna has formed partnerships with the Central Ohio Community Improvement Corporation and Value Recovery Group to redevelop the property. This project is expected to initially create 157 jobs. Gahanna is currently negotiating with companies for build-to-suit developments equating to an additional 1,800 jobs, 400,000 SF, and $56 million in capital investments.
Greenville (Corning Glass) – The City of Greenville will receive $2,020,637 to clean up and reuse the property containing the former Corning Glass facility. The site, at 1025 Martin Street, was developed by Corning in 1957 and was the only development on the property. Currently Hughes Supply operates a portion of the facility connected to the former furnace area to be remediated. Once clean and redeveloped, Hughes will expand their business to this portion of the facility adding an additional 100,000 square feet to their current operation. This project is expected to create 30 new jobs and retain 104 jobs.
Hamilton (RiversEdge) – The City of Hamilton will receive $3 million to cleanup the former Mercy Hospital site. Developed as a hospital in 1892, the property, at 100 Riverfront Plaza, is currently vacant. The existing facility nearly covers a city block not including the large asphalt parking lot directly adjacent to the Great Miami River. The city and its development partner, Towne Development Group, intend to provide community access and amenities to a waterfront area by constructing 8,000- 12,000 square feet of retail and office/commercial space and 100-120 residential units. This project is expected to create 16 jobs.
Jackson County (JISCO) – Jackson County will receive $2,303,775 to acquire, demolish and remediate the former Jackson Iron and Steel Company (JISCO) site located in Jackson. The 56-acre property, near Jisco West and South Streets contained the JISCO furnace that made pig iron for Chrysler from 1900 until 1969. The property is currently vacant and littered with structures in various states of disrepair. US Rail plans to redevelop the property as a locomotive and rail repair facility. This project is expected to create 50 jobs.
Lake County (Lakeview Bluffs) – Lake County will receive $3 million to remediate the former Diamond Shamrock coke and cement plant site. The project property consists of 78.349 acres along the Lake Erie shoreline and the Grand River corridor. The property was utilized as an aluminum smelting operation, a pickle liquor transportation and truck repair, and coke manufacturing from 1912 until 1982. The site developer, Hemisphere Corp. will team with IMG to develop the IMG Resort Academies, delivering world-class amateur athletic instruction in all major sports, and a hotel and business conference center. This project, located on Fairport Road in Painesville Township, is expected to create 52 jobs.
Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority (Hamilton County Regional Business Park) – The Port Authority will receive $2,882,130 to acquire and conduct remediation and demolition activities at the 27.9-acre property. Roofing material production companies occupied the property for 118 years. The most recent company on the property was Celotex. The property currently contains several vacant buildings. The developer intends to redevelop the site into a business park with office, warehouse, retail, and commercial space. Petro Environmental plans to occupy an existing on-site building. Other planned tenants include ICS Equipment, Napier Truck Driving Training, and Steel Quest. This project, located at 320 S. Anthony Wayne Avenue in Lockland, is expected to create and retain 102 jobs.
Sandusky (Bayfront Paper District West) – The City of Sandusky will receive $2,744,267 for acquisition, remediation and demolition on the Gradel property located 931 W. Water Street along Lake Erie. This project is a continuation of the waterfront revitalization activities, which were catalyzed by the Clean Ohio Revitalization Fund Round 2 Bayfront Paper District Project. The project property is currently a material storage dock and marine operations facility with no public access to the water. The developer, Mid States Development Corporation, plans to construct a new marina with 200 boat docks, 12,000 feet of commercial space, and 300 condos.
Springfield (Hauke Block) – The City Springfield will receive $901,401 to demolish and remediate the former Hauke Complex on W. Main Street. The subject property was historically developed with a series of small businesses, including a tin shop, livery, and filling station. The Hauke Company, a plumbing supplies and repair complex, operated on the site since 1960. The property contains vacant commercial buildings. The City of Springfield and the Community Mercy Health Partners will develop a new medical-office-building on the project property. The building will support various hospital and doctors’ offices. This project is expected to retain and create a total of 85 jobs.
Summit County Port Authority (Akron Airdock) – The Port Authority will receive $3 million to remediate the former Goodyear Airdock facility on Massillon Road. In 1928 the Goodyear Zeppelin Co. constructed the Airdock facility to build lighter-than-air ships. Lockheed Martin purchased the site in 1996 and will develop technologies to construct advanced unmanned High Altitude Airships. The United States Missile Defense Agency recently awarded Lockheed Martin a $148 million contract to develop and launch a proto-type airship by 2008. The Airdock is the only available facility in the country capable of producing the airships. This project is expected to create 93 new jobs and retain 528 current jobs.