Paulding County Economic Development Press Release – June 12th, 2024

PAULDING – The Paulding County Land Reutilization Committee met in June to share information and receive updates about many completing and some new projects.

Several positive comments have been expressed to the committee in regard to a site recently remediated in the Village of Payne.  The property, located just on the south edge of the village along Highway 49 at the Flat Rock Creek bridge, was purchased by the Land Bank committee last winter.  The committee was able to contract with Dangler Excavating and had several old semi-trailers, a structure and some other trash removed prior to grading and seeding the lot.  The noticeably clean property was then sold to the commercial building owner next door.

Paulding County Treasurer, and Land Bank Committee President Lou Ann Wannemacher, shared that the Land Bank has finalized purchase of the trailer court located at 802 N. Main Street in Paulding.  The purchase from S&N Partnership,LLC will allow for some very aged mobile homes to be removed and remediation of the property to make room for future development.  This trailer court had a fire last winter in which three residents lost their lives.

Another property purchase that has local attention is the former Faith Alive Church building located at 220 N. Williams Street in Paulding.  This building will be removed to make way for the new Paulding Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial.  There has been much inquiry about some of the stain glass windows, pews and other memorabilia inside the building.  The committee is working with local auctioneer Larry Gorrell to have an online auction in the future for purchase of the items.  More information will be shared about the auction dates as this project develops.

Matt Wagner, with EPA consultant Tetra Tech, shared information about the final clean-up procedures at the former Liberty Fuel Station, that was located in front of the former Varner’s Trailer Court on the east side of Antwerp.  A final soil test is being procured.  A low contamination reading will allow the sale of the property.  Wagner also reported the Stokely and Grizzley remediation projects are still on hold awaiting Ohio Department of Development (ODOD) approvals of the remediation application.

Turning to residential and commercial building blight, Estee Blair, local land bank consultant with Maumee Valley Planning Organization, asked the committee for review and approval of a grading template that would provide her office a systematic process to determine awarded demolition contractors for future projects.  Following questions and discussion, the committee approved the template as presented.  Blair also noted that there still has been no response to the 47 projects submitted to ODOD for Paulding County remediation.

In final discussion of the full agenda meeting, the Land Bank committee had the opportunity to acquire two parcels in the unincorporated Village of Mandale, located in the county’s southeast corner.  The parcels were not purchased in a recent foreclosure auction.  The committee agreed to accept the parcels to try and remediate them and contribute to a positive change in the area.