EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio (WKBN) – Ohio Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted stopped by East Liverpool on Wednesday to announce funding that would be provided to help demolish the old East Liverpool School administration building .
This is part of the first round of grants under the Contaminated Sites Remediation Program.
In a meeting with members of the local media, Husted said the East Liverpool community would receive money to demolish a former East Liverpool school building on Maryland Avenue which has been vacant since 2017.
“Even though the building served a very important function a few years ago, it has now become a blight on the beautiful community,” Husted said.
This is part of the $350 million the state will provide to help communities. The first round, which includes East Liverpool, is part of 78 different projects, across the state.
What will happen to the earth is still up in the air.
“That doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to become a business. It can become a park. It can turn into a variety of other things that can add value to the community and make it a place people want to live,” Husted said.
East Liverpool Mayor Greg Bricker said the project would not cost residents money. With matching funds from Columbiana County Commissioners, the project will cost approximately $1.2 million.
Bricker didn’t say what the plan is but said there was a lot of potential.
“In trying to bring young people back to our area, we need to have amenities. The city needs to have the amenities to do that,” Bricker said.
The next round of funding will be available from March 1 to April 30, 2023.