The space is currently owned by the
One council resolution approved authorizing the city manager to enter into an agreement with
“We got the go ahead for two projects,” Starkey said. “One is from the
Starkey said the original grant was for $100,000, which was awarded to the city in 2017. A second grant from the
A non-monetary grant consists of work to be performed by the Ohio EPA VAP.
Starkey said the work involves removal of the underground storage tanks at the gas station and an assessment to confirm remediation needs.
“Of these latest approved projects, one will remove the soil and the other includes blacktopping and asphalt work at the tank areas,” he said. “After that, the old gas tanks will be capped and we foresee a ‘No Further Action’ letter from the EPA. The property will then be ready for development for public use or redevelopment.”
According to a letter to Starkey from GT Environmental Services, the company will collect additional soil and ground water samples in the area near the underground storage tanks to demonstrate standards have been met. GT Environmental Services will also attempt to define the extent of lead contamination to the soil and remediate the soil by excavating it and disposing it at a permitted landfill.
Starkey said all of this will come at no cost to the city or
“When all is said and done, at the conclusion of the grant and the issuance of the ‘No Further Action’ letter, this should allow for public use or development at the gas station,” he said.
executive director of the Ashtabula County Land Reutilization
Corporation, said though the
“The property has been able to be cleaned, literally, through the grant award by
testing, removing tanks and other contaminations, as well as figuratively, by cleaning the title,” she said. “Once the process is complete, the city of
plans to take ownership of a clean property
for their desired use — right in the middle
of their downtown
area. It has been our pleasure to to work with the city of
“We’re one step closer to making that a usable space,” she said. “We welcome any opportunity for economic development in the city. I appreciate the
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