Gov. Mike DeWine and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted recently announced that more than $60 million was being awarded to help communities across Ohio clean up dozens of contaminated properties to make way for future economic development.

Through the new Ohio Brownfield Remediation Program, the Ohio Department of Development is providing funding for 78 projects, three of which are set to take place in Vinton County. These projects are as follows:

Sparks Redevelopment

This property served as a family-owned gas station, convenience store, and pizza shop for 40 years, but is now vacant. The property is located at a major intersection in McArthur near retail and residential areas. The property will undergo a VAP Phase I Property Assessment, Geophysical Survey, Asbestos Survey, and a Phase II Property Assessment. After assessment and any needed remediation, the current owner plans to re-open as a restaurant. This project has been awarded $121,608 in funding.

McArthur Brick Plant

Established in 1905, the McArthur Brick Company was once one of Vinton County’s largest employers. Brick plant operations ceased in the 1960s and the site was used to produce charcoal in the 1970s through the 1980s, when industrial activity on the property ended. Assessment on the site includes VAP Phase I & II Environmental site assessments. After assessment and remediation, the property owner intends to redevelop the site as a tourist attraction. This project has been awarded $139,424 in funding.

Vinton County Courthouse

Built in 1939, the Vinton County Courthouse is believed to be contaminated from original construction on the empty third story of the building. A total of $19,578 in Brownfield Remediation Funds will allow for an Asbestos Containing Material Assessment and a Phase I Property Assessment in accordance with the Ohio Voluntary Action Program (VAP). After assessment and remediation as needed, the county plans to renovate and utilize the third story as additional office space, increasing available space by nearly 25 percent.

For more information on the Brownfield Remediation Program, visitDevelopment.Ohio.Gov/Brownfield.