Nick McWilliams reporting – As a part of $88 million in Brownfield Remediation Grants, local counties are set to receive their share for improvement projects.

The grants act as a funding source for communities to clean sites that are contaminated by hazardous materials, or are underutilized and in need of remediation.

Carroll County has been awarded $105,000 for cleanup of the site of the former Cronin Ceramic Company, which also housed Structural Stoneware. The site will reportedly be demolished after remediation before new buildings are built by the owner.

In Coshocton, just under $33,000 will be utilized on the former Edmonts property, consisting of two buildings which were used for manufacturing but were heavily fire damaged. The county port authority will hire a third-party to analyze soil and water contamination before determining the next steps.

The Guernsey County Port Authority was awarded two separate grants, one for $300,000 and $84,000. The larger sum is for assessment of the former BP Bulk Station which had been mostly dormant for the last decade, with the smaller grant for asbestos removal and demolition of two downtown storefront buildings in Cambridge.

In local counties, Harrison will receive the largest share, earmarked for asbestos removal and demolition of an old school building and the former post office, totaling a combined $725,000.

The money is awarded through the Ohio Department of Development.

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