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Cross Announces Brownfield Grants Coming to Hancock County

April 27, 2022
Jon Cross News

COLUMBUS – State Representative Jon Cross (R-Kenton) issued the following statement on Tuesday’s announcement by Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted of $60 million in grants as part of the Ohio Brownfield Remediation Program, including more than $620,000 for projects in Hancock County. The funding is part of $350 million lawmakers included in the state budget last year for brownfield remediation.

“Revitalizing former industrial sites benefits the community and economy. These grants are an investment in the quality of life for the people of Ohio and I’m glad money I voted for in the state budget has made its way to Hancock County. The cleanup of these properties will have a lasting positive impact on our area.” 

The following entities were awarded grants for projects to be assessed or for cleanup:

·         Hancock County Commissioners Office, $231,000.

The Lai Assessment Project is largely undeveloped land. This property contains 12 aboveground bulk storage tanks built between 1903 and 1939. The tanks were dismantled starting in the 1950s and has been largely vacant since the removal was completed in the 1970s. Prior assessments identified potential contamination on the property. Brownfield Remediation Program funds will allow for a Phase II assessment on the property. After assessment and remediation, the City of Findlay and property owners are working to redevelop the area as potential housing or commercial development.

·         Hancock County Commissioners Office, $492,800.

The Ra-Nik property was once an operational plating company constructed in 1890, but the structure is currently vacant. The existing structure sites on a 1.2-acre parcel in Findlay. Cleanup activities include pre-demolition, asbestos removal, demolition, transportation and disposal. After remediation, the site will be redeveloped as public greenspace and improvement to river banks.