Mary Alice Reporting – After months of trying to sell the property on the corner of South Broadway and Mill Avenue, a shift changed to where there is now a new owner.

The Tuscarawas Economic Development and Finance Alliance (EDFA) was able to buy the Howden Buffalo facility.

EDFA Executive Director Harry Eadon says that testing has already been conducted by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

“The primary chemical concern that’s there on the property, or under the property, is TCE or Trichloroethylene. That was a pretty common chemical that was used as a solvent until about 1975 or so.”

As part of this, excavation work is expected to happen, when the water table lowers, in the summer of 2021.

In addition, lead paint and asbestosis materials are in the older buildings, and one solution is razing all the building and cleaning up anything in the ground, and then completely rebuild.

The Alliance was able to purchase the property for $10 through a partnership and donation with Howden.

“They have a couple of benefits in that, one is that real property tax so they get out of that, they have an active security group there [that was expensive]; as well as, the utilities so razing the buildings will take care of a lot of those costs that currently exist.”

Eadon adds that they are considering ideas on how to use the site and create a multi-function space. He says it’s a prime location just blocks away from downtown New Philadelphia and close to the highway.

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