USEPA Brownfield Assessment Coalition Grant

The Economic Development and Finance Alliance of Tuscarawas County is endeavoring to create a coalition of adjacent counties to apply for a United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) Brownfield Assessment Coalition Grant. This $1,000,000 hazardous substance and petroleum grant is designed to assess properties whose redevelopment is hindered by existing or potential environmental contamination.

Remediate, Recycle, Renew

Redeveloping abandoned, idled, or underutilized industrial and commercial sites – also known as brownfields – makes an enduring contribution to a community’s environment and economy. At the EDFA, we are finding ways to manage the environmental, financial and legal challenges posed by remediation, in order to provide lasting benefits to communities throughout Tuscarawas County.

Results

  • 3 sites redeveloped or in the process of being redeveloped
  • 79 acres returned to productive reuse
  • 2,713 tons of contaminated soil excavated
  • More than 100,000 tons of concrete and asphalt recycled to clean-hard-fill
  • More than 1 million tons of steel recycled

Clean Ohio Fund

The EDFA’s first Clean Ohio Revitalization Fund (CORF) project was completed in 2012. The former ODOT District 11 site had been closed in 1995 allowing the buildings to deteriorate. The site is on West High Avenue in New Philadelphia which is the highest traffic count surface street in Tuscarawas County.

The EDFA was awarded a $826,180 COF grant to restore the property to active reuse. The project was completed one year ahead of schedule and nearly $100,000 below budget. The land has subsequently been sold as is now seeking opportunities for development.