State Rep. Jack Cera (D-Bellaire) today announced approval of nearly $850,000 for projects in Jefferson and Belmont County. Rep. Cera serves on the Ohio Controlling Board, which approved the requests.


In Jefferson County, $250,000 was authorized for the cleanup and assessment of land with underground gas tanks in Steubenville.  The funds were requested by the Jefferson County Port Authority through the state’s Abandoned Gas Station Cleanup Grant program. Up to nine underground fuel storage tanks will be removed as part of the project, which also includes an environmental assessment and any necessary remediation.


“Today’s decision is an important step towards making this property attractive for commercial development. Considering its location on State Route 7, I expect it will generate a good amount of interest,” said Cera. “Providing businesses with shovel-ready property is a vital part of our efforts to kick start economic development and job creation throughout the region.”


Two juvenile detention centers in Belmont County also received state support. Over $110,000 was provided to the Sargus Juvenile Detention Center, while the Oakview Juvenile Residential Center, which provides services to multiple counties, including Belmont, Jefferson and Monroe Counties, received $485,000. In both cases, the appropriated funds will go towards general renovations and facility maintenance.

 
 
 
  
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