As part of the state’s new Ohio Brownfield Remediation Program, the City of Loveland has received a $3.3 million grant for cleanup/remediation of the Chestnut Street Property.
The 8.33-acre Chestnut Street Property, which the city has owned since 1979, served as a sand and gravel quarry prior to 1932 but became a site for uncontrolled dumping. Past environmental studies, commissioned by the city, have discovered lead contamination in the soil and tetrachloroethylene (PCE) contamination in groundwater, along with significant amounts of other solid waste requiring disposal.
Until now, remedial services to bring the site to a point of approval from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have been cost-prohibitive, limiting the city’s ability to sell the property to potential buyers or to pay for remediation to maintain for city use.
June 24, 2022 Patriot Engineering contracted with Choice One Engineering as a sub-consultant to prepare a preliminary development plan and grading plan for purposes of completing the Preliminary Jurisdictional Determination Application (PJDA) required by the United States Army Corps of Engineers, which will ultimately authorize excavation and clearing activities on the site to commence. Approximately 0.11 +/- acres of wetlands were identified on the site, which is significantly less than originally anticipated based upon an analysis of the available USGS Wetlands Mapping. Once the PJDA has been submitted and reviewed by the Corps of Engineers, and the findings of the report have been confirmed, the city and its consultant team will begin the process of mitigating the wetlands located on the site, subject to the requirements established by USACE and Ohio EPA, respectively. Mitigation will then clear the way for remediation, site clearing, excavation, and grading activities to commence.