Trumbull County Projects Earn $3.26 Million for Redevelopment | News, Sports, Jobs


Nine projects in the Mahoning Valley, including the former Niles General Electric Glass site and the Warren Gasification Plant, received more than $12.4 million in federal grants to redevelop brownfield sites that will aid economic development.

The nine local projects were among 112 statewide to receive $192 million in grants through the Ohio Brownfield Remediation Program, the Department of Development announced Friday.

The program is worth $350 million, with $60 million for 78 projects, including $3.4 million for the former St. Joseph Riverside Hospital in Warren, announced April 26.

Gov. Mike DeWine said Friday of the 112 projects: “These properties are vital spaces in our communities that are not only wasted in their current capacity, but often pose a threat to their local communities. Today we are reclaiming these spaces for the future of our residents, businesses and communities.”

The four Trumbull County projects, all awarded to the land bank, totaled $3,255,623 while five Mahoning County projects received a total of $9,187,610.

Former GE facility at Niles project to receive $1,726,807 in grants to clean up contaminated soil and groundwater.

Following the redevelopment, Cleveland Steel Container Corp. plans to move from its 412 Mason St. location to the former GE property.

A 69,000-square-foot building stands there and the company plans to construct another 120,000-square-foot building to begin operations, according to the governor’s office.

GE operated there from 1912, supplying molten glass for the manufacture of glass parts for light bulbs. The plant closed in 2008. At its peak, it employed 500 people.

All GE buildings have been demolished, with the existing 69,000 square foot building on the site being used for dry storage and operations for a contractor.

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The former gasification facility, owned by the City of Warren, will receive $1,173,434 for removal of contaminated soil and oils in groundwater and other remediation work to ensure compliance with Environmental Protection Agency regulations, according to the governor’s office.

The vacant lot has an industrial history dating back to the late 19th century and was an incinerator, ammonia well and stored coke and coal. Coal tar is present on property.

After the redevelopment, the site will be marketed for residential, commercial or industrial development.

The former Republican Steel office building at 999 Pine Ave. SE in Warren receives $55,382.

In the 1920s the property was used for a cleaning and dwellings. A gas station and body shop were later built, with all buildings demolished in the 1950s. The site was vacant until the late 1970s, when a Republic Steel office building was constructed there.

Once the refurbishment is complete, Megojoule Ventures, an energy storage investment company that is part of the BRITE Energy Innovators portfolio, will provide the space for net-zero energy research and development. Megojoule bought the building last year for $750,000.

The office building is adjacent to the former Republic Steel mill.

The 1,025 acres on the former steel mill site are being considered for redevelopment.

Of this area, 825 are considered prime industrial development areas and a transport corridor to Lordstown.

The land bank was awarded $300,000 Friday for an appraisal of the other 200 acres on the former plant site. This land lies west of the Mahoning River adjacent to the former ArcelorMittal Coke Plant now owned by Cleveland-Cliffs.

This lot is currently vacant and the remaining buildings are unsafe, according to the governor’s office. An assessment will be conducted on the property to determine if there is any contamination from the industrial history of the site.

The property offers access to State Route 45 and corridor industrial development, the Ohio Turnpike and Interstate 76, although an access road will likely be required.

The Western Reserve Port Authority owns the 200 acres and the 825. It runs along Pine Avenue SE, extends nearly two miles, and touches on Warren, Lordstown, Howland, Weathersfield and Warren Township.

Of the five Mahoning County projects funded Friday, three are in Youngstown and one each in Struthers and Sebring.

The largest award was $6,962,250 for 20 Federal Place in downtown Youngstown. The city plans to rehabilitate the building at a cost of up to $60 million.

The other two Youngstown projects cost $149,803 for 131 W. Woodland Ave., the former Potential Development School and a former Lutheran church and school, and $86,887 for 2307 Market St., a 101-year-old building that an ice cream shop used to be decades ago.

Redevelopment of the former Royal China Co. in Sebring received $1,492,670 and a five-acre redevelopment on a Struthers property that was once the site of Youngstown Sheet & Tube received $496,000.



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