In September of 2021, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded the city of Girard funding to clean up the former Ohio Leatherworks brownfield site. Now, the city is seeking comments from the public on the cleaning and redevelopment project.

The cleanup will include the removal of contaminated soil, replacement with clean fill and the establishment of institutional and engineering controls. 

The community can keep up with the project on the city's website, where an Analysis of Brownfield Cleanup (ABCA) and Remedial Action Plan (RAP) can be found.

Updates about progress of work at the site will be announced at City Council meetings on the second and fourth Mondays of the month.

Additionally, an administrative record of the project can be found at the City of Girard Administrative Building (100, West Main St.) and is available for review. 

The city will receive comments for a 30-day period beginning Tuesday, May 31 and ending Thursday, June 30.

Comments can be directed to Girard Mayor, James Melfi who can be reached by contacting the city's Administrative Building at 330-545-3879.