Paulding County Economic Development Press Release                               February 22, 2023

Evaluation continues on Paulding County brownfield sites  

PAULDING – The Paulding County Land Reutilization Committee (Land Bank) recently met for their February meeting.  In addition to committee members, guests included the Ohio Brownfield Remediation Program EPA consultant Matt Wagner, with Tetra Tech, and Estee Miller, with Maumee Valley Planning Organization (MVPO).

Miller started the meeting updating the committee on many of the Ohio Blight program properties and introducing several agenda items that required decision and further discussion.  In addition, some of the projects needed some legal counsel with county prosecutor Joe Burkard.

The group was then updated by Wagner on the Brownfield clean-up projects in the county.  The project updates included: the Paulding Theatre and adjoining Noneman building, the 30-acre former Grizzley Asbestos Brake manufacturing facility, the 30-acre former Stokely Manufacturing facility, the Antwerp Park Station Bar building demolition; the Antwerp Sunoco gas station on West River Street, and the Grover Hill Depot building.  Many of these properties are awaiting final approvals from Ohio EPA testing, although the Grizzley property has been approved.  The EPA testing determined the required soil cap over all buried contaminants is solid and in place.  The group now awaits Army Corp of engineer approval to level ponds on the site.

New business included updates from both Tetra Tech and MVPO in regard to communication from Columbus about the potential of remaining brownfield funds being made available per county, and if a new round of funding will be issued with the next state budget.

Conversation then noted a recent downtown Paulding apartment fire.  The discussion then carried over into several potential properties around the county to review for remediation in the future.

For more information about Paulding County Land Reutilization committee or donating available properties, please reach out to the Paulding County Treasurer office 419-399-8281.