Nick McWilliams reporting – New Philadelphia is entering the new year with multiple developments and projects in 2023.

Mayor Joel Day discussed a list of scheduled projects with council on Monday, after a 2022 in which the city placed an emphasis on further economic expansion.

One of the newest development locations is located near the banks of the Tuscarawas River, just north of Gradall Industries, with cleanup of a dilapidated property expected soon.

“The Ohio EPA will begin a Phase Two environmental study on the former Puritan Laundry property on the east side of Mill Avenue Southwest. The study is necessary so that the city can take ownership of the property once the study is completed. And demolition of the buildings on the west side of Mill Avenue should be done this month. The city is awaiting a report on an asbestos abatement survey.”

The city gained ownership of the property through a donation from its former owner, with the goal of returning it to a green space before future development.

Additionally, Day noted that New Phila is working with two developers on two other projects, including a car wash near Menards on Bluebell Drive and a dental clinic proposed for a lot behind Buffalo Wild Wings off High Avenue.

Contained within the mayor’s report, a potential rework of the Interstate 77 and U.S. 250 interchange on West High Avenue could be coming, and a study will be submitted to the Ohio Department of Transportation for funding consideration.

Day also noted that the county port authority is still working on marketing the former Joy and Howden Buffalo property in the city.

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