YOUNGSTOWN - A Brownfield study will be conducted on a former steel property on Youngstown's East Side near the Mahoning River, the city's Board of Control voted Thursday.
The board approved a $229,000 contract with the Brownfield Restoration Group to survey three parcels of former Sheet & Tube property, two of them around Center Street and a third on Wilson Avenue on the Youngstown side of the border, Deputy Director of Public Works Charles Shasho said.
Part of the Wilson Avenue property is also in Campbell, Shasho said.
Shasho said the work to be done includes taking soil samples at the properties and other tests. The survey is expected to take 42 to 45 weeks, Shasho said.
The property is owned by Sherman International, a company that processes steel, Economic Development Director T. Sharon Woodberry said. The company is considering a project on the Campbell side of the property, so the city decided to survey their parts of the property to see if city land could be used in the project, she said.
Woodberry said most of the structures on the property have been demolished.
In other business, the board also approved various change additions and reductions to the railroad development at the expanded V&M Star site on the North Side, bringing the total amount so far to $14,377,655.
Shasho said the railroad project was started about a year ago and is paid for by federal stimulus money. The project called for new tracks, sidings, switches, and other improvements the mill needed for rail service at its addition.
Shasho said the project is ''99.9 percent complete'' and the new portion of the mill is already receiving rail service. He said when the project is completed, it is expected to be about $300,000 over budget.