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Funding Secured for Brownfield Remediation in Scioto County

April 27, 2022
Brian Baldridge News

COLUMBUS - This week, Scioto County was selected for the first round of grants from the newly launched Ohio Brownfield Remediation Program. The County was awarded $151,500 for the cleanup and remediation of the former Martings Department store. 

Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor John Husted announced the first round of grants from the newly launched program on Tuesday, working with a total budget of $60 million. 

“I was proud to support the Brownfield Remediation Program during state budget discussions last year and I’m excited to see it come to fruition,” said State Representative Brian Baldridge (R-Winchester). “While we must take the remediating process one step at a time, I’m looking forward to seeing what this property becomes.” 

Martings Department store vacated two historic buildings in the early 2000s, making them available to be purchased by the city of Portsmouth in 2002. Plans for the grant include to abate asbestos in the buildings and an environmental condition found in a basement during an assessment.

The Brownfield Remediation program was created during last year’s state operating budget, which passed in the General Assembly and was signed into law. The legislation included a total of $350 million for brownfield remediation.