Agency OKs Belmont tract

LIBERTY – The Ohio Development Services Agency in Columbus has given the green light to Liberty’s plan to rejuvenate a portion of Belmont Avenue.

According to Beth Trombold, assistant director with the agency, the community met the standards set for confirmation, including zoning standards in place and a review of the findings submitted by the Trumbull County Board of Commissioners on Jan. 11.

The program offers incentives, including tax exemptions of 50 percent lasting up to 10 years for commercial and residential properties within the designated area.

County commissioners approved the program’s boundaries as a 3 1/2-mile stretch on Belmont Avenue from Gypsy Lane to Tibbetts Wick Road.

The area is dubbed the Belmont Avenue Reinvestment Area.

Large available properties in the community reinvestment area boundaries include the old Kmart building and the former Ramada Inn.

James Rodway, township housing inspector, will serve as the program’s housing officer and provide general oversight of the project.