State money will clean up polluted site for redevelopment in Loveland

Loveland has received a $3.3 million grant to clean up contaminated property it owns.
Loveland has received a $3.3 million grant to clean up contaminated property it owns.

Loveland has received a $3.3 million grant to clean up contaminated property it owns and hopes to sell for development or use itself.

The city has owned the 8-acre site polluted with lead and other harmful substances on Chestnut Street since 1979.

But it has been unable to afford the cost of decontaminating it to Ohio Environmental Protection Agency standards, Loveland said in a release.

Until now.

The cleanup of the Chestnut Street property is one of 78 projects in the state to get a total of $60 million in grants from the new Ohio Brownfield Remediation Program, designed to clean up contaminated sites for economic development.

Lead contamination found in soil at former quarry and dump site

Loveland City Manager David Kennedy said it is rare that a funding opportunity the magnitude of the Brownfield grants becomes available.

“The goal of clearing the environmental hurdles that allow the Chestnut Street property to finally meet its economic development potential has always been a focus of the city,” he said.

The Chestnut Street property was a sand and gravel quarry before 1932, then became a site for uncontrolled dumping.

Environmental studies commissioned by the city discovered lead contamination in the soil and a toxic substance called tetrachloroethylene, used to degrease metal and dry clean fabric, in the groundwater, the release said.

Loveland thinks the Chestnut Street property could be ideal for commercial or light industrial development.

But it will be some time before that would happen.

The Chestnut Street site will be excavated, and the excavated materials taken to licensed facilities for disposal, the release said.

Groundwater will be treated, then monitored for two years to confirm it has been decontaminated.

After that, the Chestnut Street property could become a job-producing, tax-generating site spurring development in the surrounding Loveland Madeira Road corridor, the release said.

City of Cincinnati will also receive program funds

The city of Cincinnati will also benefit from the remediation project funds. The Port public finance agency, formerly known as The Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority, was awarded a $900,000 grant to remove asbestos from the western part of the former Shillito's department store building in Downtown Cincinnati.

This article originally appeared on Cincinnati Enquirer: State grant to help Loveland clean up contaminated land