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CIC plans to clear timber from property in Bazetta

Group hopes work on 18 acres will entice development at site

WARREN — The Warren-Trumbull Community Improvement Corp. is working toward clearing 18 acres it controls in Bazetta, a move that could possibly entice some sort of development near the former Kmart distribution center.

“We have had that in the portfolio for decades, and we were approached this past year, asking if we would be interested in selling the timber on the property. And so since the board only meets every other month, we turned around and talked about that in 2020 and arrived at the decision to explore the possibility of timbering that property,” Tom Humphries, president and CEO of the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber, said.

Humphries, who manages the CIC for its partners, said the organization’s attorney is reviewing the high bid of $41,000 for the project. That process, he hopes, should be done by mid-February. The board already has given its executive committee authority to move on the project after the bid is qualified, Humphries said.

Three bids were submitted to clear the land. Humphries did not say the name of the company that submitted the best bid.

The land is north of the former distribution center on Perkins Jones Road and fronts North Park Avenue to the west. The distribution center was purchased in 2019 for redevelopment by Cleveland-based Industrial Commercial Properties LLC, the same firm that in November bought the ex-Geauga Lake and Sea World property in Aurora.

Having the land cleared, Humphries said, would make it more attractive for development.

“It’s not quite site ready when you do that, but it’s one step that the purchaser doesn’t have to do,” Humphries said. “If they are in a hurry to develop a project, it’s one less step that they have to worry about.”

The CIC board next meets 8 a.m. Feb. 24.

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