Out of the old, into the new

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Saturday, November 19, 2022

By William Kincaid

Photo by Leslie Gartrell/The Daily Standard

A long-vacant building near the intersection of State Roads 127 and 219 will be razed as part of a state-funded, countywide community revitalization initiative. Mercer County received a $500,000 grant from the Ohio Building Demolition and Site Revitalization Program.

CELINA – A publicly funded community revitalization initiative will begin in Mercer County with the removal of a pile of rubble from Celina’s property and the razing of a long vacant building near the intersection of state highways 127 and 219.

County commissioners awarded a $33,890 contractor to Post Excavating and Landscaping of Fort Recovery to complete the first in a series of projects funded by a $500,000 grant from the Building Demolition and Landscaping of Fort Recovery Program. Ohio.

The County Office for Community Development solicited bids for the combined demolition and rubble removal project estimated at approximately $45,000.

VTF Excavation de Celina also submitted a bid for $49,902 for the work.

Post Excavating and Landscaping will clear rubble at 704 North Street in Celina left behind after city workers demolished a structure to make way for a new $2.08 million storage building for the Celina electrical distribution facility .

“We were able to do it ourselves,” Celina Mayor Jeff Hazel said of the building’s demolition. “We had (an) excavator, so we worked on it. We were really worried and thought maybe we should lure someone in, but the building literally toppled over.”

Arcon Builders of Arcanum will construct a 20,000 square foot steel-framed storage building with metal exterior walls and roof panels and interior metal wall panels.

“They’re waiting for the steel package to come in now. They’ve got all the concrete walls in place. They’ve poured the whole floor,” Hazel said.

As part of the county-awarded project, Fort Recovery will also demolish a block building at 6029 State Route 219. The building has been vacant for several years, county director of community development Jared Ebbing confirmed.

Once cleared, the site has development potential, Ebbing said.

“They were the first two ready to go,” Ebbing said of the two properties.

Photo by Leslie Gartrell/The Daily Standard

Early next year, Mercer County officials will seek bids to shave the former Orchard Tree Restaurant, paving the way for the proposed Mercer Health Medical Group Women and Children’s Facility.

Bids are currently being solicited for the demolition of an old house at 6025 Clover Four Road. Next year, county officials will seek to demolish the former Orchard Tree restaurant, 501 Grand Lake Road; the former Spriggs building located at 222 N. Main Street and a few residences.

“Obviously, Orchard Tree can now be repurposed for a clean site for Mercer Health and that’s good for the community,” Ebbing said.

Governor Mike DeWine’s Ohio Building Demolition and Site Revitalization Program was reportedly developed to help local communities tear down dilapidated commercial and residential buildings and revitalize surrounding properties to attract investment, business and housing. jobs.

“When we got that money, we had to rush and do some quick estimates and those projects kind of peaked,” Ebbing said of the selection process. “We did our best in a short period of time by selecting projects that met as many of these criteria as possible.”

In total, Ohio’s Building Demolition and Site Revitalization Program will award approximately $150 million in grants for demolition and revitalization projects across the state.

“With these grants, we are giving communities the resources they need to help clean up and revitalize sites to eliminate horrors and attract new businesses,” Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted said in a statement. Press.

Preble County, which did not submit an application, is the only one of Ohio’s 88 counties not to receive grants, according to state documents.

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