Three area communities were recently awarded Urban Land Assistance Program grants
for the redevelopment of vacant and underutilized gas stations and auto repair shops. The Hamilton County Redevelopment Company
, the official Economic Development Office for Hamilton County, doles out the ULAP grants.
A total of $80,260 was awarded to Norwood
, Reading and Golf Manor to redevelop four different sites in the communities.
In Reading, an auto repair shop at 100 W. Benson St. will become a green space and parking lot. The City of Reading will soon own the property; the project received $17,790 for the environmental assessment of the property from the ULAP grant.
Norwood received $14,100 for the Phase II assessment of 5425 Carthage Ave. to determine the extent of contamination from the abandoned auto repair shop and the adjacent pesticide manufacturer. The City of Norwood also received $30,370 to remove the underground storage tanks at 5300 Section Ave. The city plans to redevelop the former gas station, but can’t until the tanks are removed.
Golf Manor wants to clean up an abandoned and condemned building next to the Cincinnati Hebrew Day School
. The former oil change business, which is located at 2290 Losantiville Ave., has been vacant since 1998. The $18,000 grant is for asbestos removal, the demolition of what remains of the building and the removal of the asphalt surface. The Jewish Foundation
owns the property, and the school plans to redevelop it into a parking lot with landscaping
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