CAMPBELL, Ohio - The state of Ohio has awarded a $1.9 million Clean Ohio Grant to the city of Campbell.
It is Phase 2 of a project to clean-up 40 acres of land formerly occupied by the Youngstown Sheet & Tube Company, one of the largest steel manufacturers in the world. It is land that has set idle for 35 years.
The nearly $2 million will be used to focus on cleaning up three areas of contamination on the property, and its work that could take approximately 11/2 years to complete.
"There is actually oil left over from the old steel mill days floating on the ground water table on portions of this site. Need to clean up and keep it from getting into the Mahoning River," said Jim Smith, President of the Brownfield Restoration Group out of Akron.
State Senator Joe Schiavoni worked with the city of Campbell and owners of the property, Sherman Metal Technologies, LLC, to help secure the grant to restore the property.
Schiavoni feels confident this former steel property can become a solid foundation for business.
"We do have the infrastructure in place to make it thrive and I'm confident that we're going to get there again. It's just a matter of time. When you have places that are so contaminated and so dirty because they've been left alone for so long it's a difficult process. But we're working on it," Schiavoni said.
Once the cleanup is finished, a spokesman for Sherman Metal Technologies said they are committed to making history repeat itself on the property. The company has plans to build a steel mill and create approximately 400 jobs.
"This mill here is going to be state of the art which is going to be highly economical to run," said Robert Carcelli with Sherman Metal Technologies.
The Clean Ohio Grant is making what's old new and potentially prosperous again.