U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, hosted a teleconference Wednesday talking about brownfield sites across the state and the country.
There are more than 250 brownfield sites in Ohio and Brown is proposing new legislation that would provide additional tools for communities to clean up the old industrial sites for economic re-development.
"These brownfields don't belong in neighborhoods where children walk to school. They don't belong in communities where businesses seek new customers," Brown said.
Brown is urging Congress to pass the Brownfields Utilization, Investment and Local Development Act, or BUILD Act. The legislation would modernize and improve key elements of the EPA's brownfields program, which includes making non-profit groups eligible for assessment grants and allows the EPA to award multipurpose grants to help speed up re-development and streamline the cleanup process.
Warren Mayor Doug Franklin was the featured speaker for the teleconference. The city has had success cleaning up the old Mahoningside Power plant on Summit Street and now that area is ready for development. But there are several potential brownfield sites, including the RG Steel property and Delphi site, that need significant funding to prepare for reuse.
"As you know Senator, Warren has been and will continue to be aggressive when it comes to brownfield problems," said Franklin. "What happens if this doesn't pass is that those funds dry up, so this extends the existing funding source and it's going to help our community tremendously. It's going to help communities around the country."
Warren recently received $600,000 to clean up the "Golden Triangle" area and places along the Mahoning River, but Franklin said he would like to see more areas considered brownfield sites such as the old St. Joseph Hospital on Tod Avenue and the many asbestos filled homes that need demolished.
The former National Refractories plant, 41738 Esterly Drive in Columbiana, is among the 250 brownfield sites in Ohio.
The following brownfield sites are located in Mahoning County:
- A former gas station at 2978 McGuffey Ave. in Youngstown
- Masters Tuxedo, 3600 Market St. in Youngstown
- Former Mighty Moe's/Rayen building at the corner of Elm Street and Rayen Avenue on the YSU campus
- Former Youngstown Sheet & Tube Seamless Tube Mill (Sherman International) on Central Street in Youngstown
- Former Davidson Metals, 1630 Wilson Ave. in Youngstown
- Liberty-Paramount Theater, 138 W. Federal St. in Youngstown
- Former Youngstown Sheet & Tube Solid Tube Works on Wilson Avenue in Campbell
- Former Weatherbee Coat Factory, 461 E. Federal St. in Youngstown
- Former Wean United facility, 219 S. Phelps St.
- Youngstown Sheet & Tube office, 2679 W. Federal St.
- Kress Building, 111-121 W. Federal St. in Youngstown
- Elm Street Campus Mall, 751 Elm St. in Youngstown
- YWCA, 25 W. Rayen Ave. in Youngstown
- 17 S. Phelps St. in Youngstown
- 20 and 24 W. Boardman St. in Youngstown
- Former Aeroquip property, 1410-1423 Albert St. in Youngstown
- Former YBM property, 1505 Logan Ave., Youngstown
- Former Youngstown Sheet & Tube Campbell Works Pickling Line, 20 Walton Ave., Campbell.
- Royal Sebring properties, 101 S. 15th St. in Sebring
The following brownfield sites are located in Trumbull County:
- Former U.S. Steel, 100 Ohio Ave. in McDonald
- Former Republic Steel/current BRT Extrusions, 1818 N. Main St. in Niles
- Former Demsey Steel, 1300 S. State St. in Girard
- McCourt/Shelley and Sands property, 1506 S. State St. in Girard
- Former Mahoningside power plant, 650 Summit St. N.W. in Warren
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