Ashland Approves Pump House District Clean Up Project

  • 4/17/2019 10:57:39 AM
  • Sartaj Singh
  • Local News

ASHLAND, OH - The City of Ashland approved a project that will clean up the pump house district.

City Council approved the project to clean up the pump house district during their meeting on April 16th. The project will focus on the corner of Union and 4th Street, and the corner of 4th and Church Street where rubble piles are left over from the half-demolished four-story structure and other steel buildings in the area. 

The City has been in contact with multiple contractors, city officials, and the Environmental Protection Agency in applying for a grant to asses the amount of asbestos in the district. 

The assessment showed high levels of asbestos in the rubble piles and buildings. 

Page Excavation will be hired to clean up the asbestos, demolishing the remaining buildings, and planting 3 inches of topsoil to the properties. 

The estimated cost of the project is $105,000. 

Mayor Matt Miller said that the council decided to take action due to the Environmental Protection Agency designating the area as a public health hazard. Miller further stated that after visiting the site with city officials, signs of people entering the building were found. 

The City also stated future plans after the demolition is complete include turning the pump house district's 4th Street into a two way street with parallel parking. Plans for apartment complexes and other housing options are also being considered. 

 

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