Brownfields - August 19, 2013

New Funding Era for Ohio Brownfield Cleanups

Get set for the final changes to Clean Ohio – the state’s primary funding mechanism for brownfield cleanup and redevelopment. The program is currently in transition, as the Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA), Ohio EPA, and JobOhio are working together to hand off the Clean Ohio program January 2014, directly to JobsOhio, the lead economic development organization in Ohio. One of the biggest changes to the forthcoming Clean Ohio program is that the funds (grants and/or loans) can be given directly to a private redeveloper of a brownfield property, streamlining the process. A municipality is not needed to be the applicant.

Although applications for projects during this interim period are due to the public library August 7th, JobsOhio is currently talking to all interested parties with a brownfield site and an investment plan for redevelopment and job creation/retention. For additional information regarding the interim program, click here to see page 3 of the Ohio EPA Site Assessment and Brownfield Revitalization (SABR) Newsletter.  The article discusses the interim Clean Ohio period, and mentions the two Clean Ohio projects assisted by GT Environmental, Inc. in Geneva and Columbiana County. For further brownfield funding questions, please contact Tim Brown at (614) 794-3570 extension 29.