Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted last Friday announced $10 million in state support for brownfield remediation for Highland Park in Garfield Heights, formerly City View Center, and almost $2 1/2 million to Kurtz Bros., Inc. for the Warner Road Redevelopment Project, also in Garfield Heights. None of the 112 projects receiving a total of $192 million in this latest round of state-supported remediation funding received more than the $10 million awarded to Highland Park. The grants for projects throughout the state were funded by the Ohio Department of Development to help clean up contaminated properties impacting 41 Ohio counties to make way for future economic development. "This is a great day for the city of Garfield Heights and the Village of Valley View," said Garfield Heights Mayor Matt Burke. "Because of our collective bipartisan efforts we were able to secure over $12 million dollars in Brownfield Remediation Grants for Highland Park and Warner Rd. projects." He said that Garfield Heights, Maple Heights, Valley View and other surrounding communities will benefit from this important funding that will remediate the landfills in this area. "This is also a major step in completing the extension of Transportation Blvd. to Rockside Rd., which will create many jobs," Burke said, "and the beginning of more good things coming to Cuyahoga County." In regard to Governor DeWine's announcement of the brownfields funding, Burke extended his appreciation to Ohio Senator Sandra Williams, Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish, Cuyahoga County Council President Pernel Jones, Cuyahoga County Economic Development Commissioner Paul Herdeg, Governor DeWine, Lieutenant Governor Husted and, most of all, Burke said, Ohio Director of Development Lydia Mahalik "for listening to my plea at the last Mayor's Day event in Columbus." These grants are in addition to the $60 million in Ohio Brownfield Remediation Program grants awarded in April. An additional $98 million in funds will be awarded in the coming months. Funds awarded Friday, according to a press release from Gov. DeWine's office, will help to assess and clean up industrial, commercial and institutional brownfield sites that are abandoned, idled or underutilized due to a known or potential release of hazardous substances or petroleum. Following site remediation, properties can be redeveloped to revitalize neighborhoods and attract new economic development. The following are descriptions of the two Garfield Heights properties granted 2022 Brownfield Remediation funding, as listed in Gov. DeWine's media release: Highland Park Transportation LLC (Cuyahoga) Project Name: Highland Park Redevelopment at the Former City View Landfill $10 million Cleanup/Remediation This 80-acre site in Cuyahoga County sits on two former municipal landfills. The northern portion of the site is home to the former City View Center, which is now primarily vacant. After the capping of the former landfills, the site was developed and opened to the public in 2006, but was mostly vacant by 2010. A Giant Eagle, GetGo, police department, industrial equipment supplier and packaging manufacturer currently operate on the property. The site’s location along I-480 and I-77 makes it a strong location for redevelopment, but considerable remediation efforts are needed. Brownfield Remediation Program funds will assist with environmental work on the site, including landfill improvement, indoor air management improvement, installation and upgrades of gas extraction systems, and improvements to water management systems. After cleanup, the site will be redeveloped as a business park, including office, retail, restaurants, warehouse distribution and light assembly. Kurtz Bros. Inc. (Cuyahoga) Project Name: Warner Road Redevelopment Project $2,466,231 Cleanup/Remediation Since 1886, this property has served as home to various Over $12 million in Brownfield Remediation funds (Continued from Page 1) chemical manufacturers, including the National Chemical Company, Allied Chemical and Dye Corporation, and the General Chemical Company. Operations ceased on the property by 2006, but the site remains contaminated from chemical manufacturing operations. Remediation activities include the removal of lead contaminated soils and the backfill of lagoons on the property. After remediation, Kurtz Bros. Inc. will explore multiple options for the redevelopment of the site.
Published on June 22, 2022 in the Neighborhood News By: Ellen Psenicka
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