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City seeks $2.5 M to remove asbestos from old St. Joe’s

WARREN — Mayor Doug Franklin said he is confident that an application for $2.5 million to abate the asbestos in the former St. Joseph Riverside Hospital on Tod Avenue will be granted by the Ohio Development Services Agency.

Franklin said the city expects to hear in May if the money will be granted.

If it is, it will put the city on track for the demolition of the “eyesore,” Franklin said. The city will have to secure another $2.5 million or so to pay for the demolition, and several options are being considered as funding sources, though none have been secured, Franklin said.

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