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Funds available to buy and rehabilitate homes
Written by Kelly Kaczala   
Thursday, 14 January 2010 15:44

Two residential structures in Northwood will be demolished this winter after being declared nuisances by the Wood County Health Department.

Funds from the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP), also known as the “Welcome Home” program, will be used to raze the structures, according to Northwood City Administrator Pat Bacon.

An asbestos study has been completed and will be submitted to the Wood County Planning Commission, said Bacon.

“The next step is to advertise for bids,” she said. “My hope is to have the structures demolished and the property cleared in late January or early February.”

Bacon identified the structures to be removed. “I knew grant monies were there, so I identified two properties and said, `Let’s get going on these.’ So now it goes to the Wood County Planning Commission for its stamp of approval.”

The NSP grant can only be used in designated areas, said Bacon.

“The designated area in Northwood is where we have a lot of foreclosures,” she said.

 
Northwood - Former LOF site gets Clean Ohio Assistance grant
Written by Kelly Kaczala   
Thursday, 14 January 2010 16:21

The Ohio Department of Development will support the Northern Wood County Port Authority’s assessment project with a commitment of Clean Ohio Assistance Funds to clean up industrial property at the former Libbey-Owens-Ford (LOF) site in Northwood.

City Administrator Pat Bacon said $297,968 in brownfield redevelopment funds will be used to finance Phase II of an environmental assessment of the Industrial and Warehouse project on East Broadway.

The assessment will determine the environmental suitability of the property and the possible need for any remediation, said Bacon.

“The soil is contaminated. There’s no doubt about it,” said Bacon. “There used to be a paint shop there. There’s a huge building at the back of the property. It’s an ideal building for someone to relocate. For that to be an industrial park again, it just simply needs to be cleaned up because it’s contaminated. It’s very expensive to do.”

“Right now, no one is going to want to go in there because of the environmental issues,” said Mayor Mark Stoner.

 
BP-Husky announces new $400 million investment
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Thursday, 14 January 2010 15:46

BP-Husky Refining LLC announced a major equipment upgrade at the BP-Husky Toledo Refinery in Oregon, Ohio.

Refinery officials say the project will improve the efficiency and competitiveness of the refinery by reducing energy consumption and lowering operating costs. The estimated $400 million investment will create, on average, an additional 200 temporary construction jobs over the next few years, totaling one million man-hours.

“This project will be the largest investment in the refinery in quite some time,” said Ron Unnerstall, president and refinery manager of BP-Husky Refining LLC. “It will put hundreds of people to work this year, protect existing jobs, enhance energy security for the region and improve the plant’s overall efficiency while also improving competitiveness.

“The investment, which we refer to as our Reformer 3 project, will improve the efficiency and competitiveness of the refinery by reducing energy consumption and lowering operating costs. We will be replacing two existing reformers and one hydrogen plant with one new state-of- the-art reformer,” Unnerstall continued.

 
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