Grant aids abandoned gas station cleanup

GIRARD — Officials have been awarded up to $100,000 from the state to clean up a gas station that has been abandoned for years.

The State of Ohio Controlling Board on Monday approved the grant for the cleanup of the former McQuaid’s on South State Street in Girard. The Trumbull County Treasurer’s Office acquired the vacant site last year through foreclosure.

The city, Trumbull County Land Bank and Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber, in partnership with the treasurer’s office, coordinated efforts to submit an application for the site to the Ohio Development Services Agency’s Abandoned Gas Station Grant Program. The project is part of the chamber’s ongoing 422 Corridor Redevelopment efforts.

Previously, the site received funding from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to conduct Phase I and Phase II assessments, making it eligible for the cleanup funds.

Lauren Johnson, who manages the 422 project and business development in Mahoning County for the chamber, said the next steps are to schedule tank removal, demolish the structure and clean up the site. This is the first abandoned gas station grant to be awarded in the Mahoning Valley, Johnson said.

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