Pictured is the old Paulding Theatre and former Western Auto building located on West Perry Street in Paulding.  Advanced Demolition Service from McComb, Ohio has been awarded the bid for demolition this year.  The buildings are currently owned by the Paulding County Land Reutilization Committee.  The Western Auto building was donated to the committee by Bob & Gretchen Noneman.  


Paulding County Economic Development Press Release                             January 11, 2023

Paulding County Land Bank meets    

PAULDING – The Paulding County Land Reutilization Committee (aka Land Bank) met here recently to discuss the State of Ohio Brownfield remediation program and updates.  Topping the discussion was the awarding of the demolition bid for the old Paulding Theatre building and neighboring old Western Auto building.  The Western Auto building was donated to this demolition project by local residents Bob & Gretchen Noneman.

Matt Wagner, with the county EPA engineering firm Tetra Tech, was on hand for the meeting and stated, “We received a lot of local interest in the Theater project and it was a very competitive process.”  The contract award was made to Advanced Demolition Services of McComb, Ohio.  They won the award with a total bid of $144,226.00 for demolition, safe removal of all identified hazardous materials and asbestos products, remaining building materials and debris.  The Tetra Tech engineer estimate was $182,710.  There is still some final detail conversations taking place with the John Paulding Historical Museum Board of Directors on how to safely remove the old movie projectors, and also working with neighboring building owners during scheduled demolition.  Following final detail discussions demolition will take place yet this year.

Wagner also shared that the EPA studies have completed on the old Grizzley factory site.  The studies were to verify that all previous work completed during the destruction of the former asbestos brake pad facility, was carried out according to EPA health and safety procedures.   The studies confirmed the site is in compliance and the property is now allowed to change ownership if needed.

Discussions also continued in regard to the former Stokely facility property; the old Antwerp Marlin Sunoco property rehabilitation; and remediation of the old Grover Hill Depot building on the north side of the Fire Station.  Following the meeting, Estee Miller with Maumee Valley Planning Organization (MVPO) and Wagner were heading to Antwerp to open up the Park Station Bar building.  The purpose was to allow contractors a pre-bid visit and tour of the building and facility before bids are due for the demolition.

Conversation then turned more local as the committee received many updates from Miller about the State of Ohio Residential Blight program.  Paulding County submitted the most building removal bids in the six-county area with 27 buildings being removed and properties being remediated.  All of the property demolition bids have been awarded and many of the buildings are already removed.  Final payments will not be paid to contractors until spring when final ground leveling and grass seeding is complete.

Paulding County Economic Director Tim Copsey shared in follow up of the meeting, “The PCED office worked hard and made a concerted effort into these two state programs.  It took a lot of our time and resources but we didn’t want to look back and wonder, what could have been, if we didn’t try and use up all of these funds provided.  Some of these buildings and properties were absolutely a working part of our Paulding County history and meant a lot to many of the people in the county.  However, the buildings and land have seen their best days go by.  It was time to clean up and provide the opportunity to for a fresh start.”

It was shared by Miller that there could be a possibility of this program coming around again.  MVPO has established a place on their website to enter addresses for future review if the residential or commercial blight program does come around again.

In general business of the group, Commissioner Mike Weible was added to the committee to replace former Commissioner Roy Klopfenstein.  Klopfenstein recently resigned his position as commissioner to step into his newly elected position of State Representative for the 82nd District.

The committee will meet again on Wednesday, February 22 at the Commissioner’s office.