Existing Brownfields in Ohio
Despite Clean Ohio’s success, Ohio still contains thousands of brownfield sites. They are located in both large and small towns, and are a legacy of the state’s industrial past. Besides being major eyesores and a drag on property values, they pose a hazard to human health and pull down property values and hinder redevelopment in the neighborhood around them. The following are some examples of brownfields that are a high priority for cleanup in their communities.
City of Canton
Former Republic Storage, 1038 Belden Ave, NE
A one-million sf facility closed in 2015. The city would like to keep the building in manufacturing use but extensive cleanup and renovation is required.
Weber Dental, 2206 13th St NE
A former factory that produced dental chairs and other equipment.
City of Cleveland
Warner and Swasey Building - 5701 Carnegie Ave. (Midtown)
Formerly the site of well-known maker of industrial machine tools, the Warner and Swasey building has been vacant since the mid-1980s. The building recently underwent asbestos remediation at the cost of $1.3 million. The 22-acre site is surrounded by a low-income residential neighborhood that needs the redevelopment opportunity represented by the location.
City of Bedford Heights
Former Metaldyne Site - 25661 Cannon Road
A 4.3-acre site that was formerly used for die-casting automotive parts. The property is heavily contaminated with PCBs. The Council of Development Finance Agencies, through its EPA-funded Brownfield Technical Assistance Program, organized a meeting in 2016 with stakeholders and a group of development experts. The project report identified three alternative scenarios for redevelopment.