There’s a large industrial complex between Warren and Niles that many people don’t even know exists. It’s big — seven warehouses on 184 acres — and located next to what some people call Fish and Game Lake. It’s now up for sale — there will be an auction next month.
The only ground-level view of the industrial complex is through a fence on a back road leading to the entrance, where there’s a security building that looks like something built after World War II.
“It’s kind of hidden with the trees and the buildings, actually set off the road quite a ways,” said Weathersfield Township Trustee Steven Gerberry.
The Trumbull County Auditor’s website shows the complex between the Mahoning River and Warren Avenue is owned by Warren Dinapoli, LLC, of New York.
From the time it was built, Gerberry said it was used by the federal government to store mercury.
“I was able to tour the facility at one point in time and it was kind of neat. They had the mercury in drums and they were on pallets with containment underneath in case there was a leak.”
“No munitions or anything like that. We have no EPA issues with the property whatsoever,” said Cleveland auctioneer Michael Berland.
Berland is handling the sale. He said other items were stored there, too.
“Blankets, and materials and supplies, dry goods.”
The sign advertising the sale shows there’s rail service — 184 acres — and 1.2 million square feet of industrial space.
“I don’t think I’ve ever auctioned off this much industrial space in one property and I’ve been doing this for 34 years,” Berland said.
The federal government moved out a few years ago. The lone remaining tenant is a railroad car service company.
When the auction starts, the bidding will begin at $2.45 million.
“It’s got a lot of possibilities and the types of people that we’ve had inquiring about it are all over the board,” Berland said.
“Definitely be a good economic development piece of property here in Weathersfield for Trumbull County and for the Mahoning Valley as a whole,” Gerberry said.
The auction was originally scheduled for December 20 but there’s so much interest in the property, that it was changed to February 20 at the Residence Inn by Marriott in the Eastwood Mall Complex. It is a live auction and the property is expected to be sold that day.
It’ll be interesting to see who buys it and what goes there.