Chestnut Street Property Remediation

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.

Chestnut Street Property

Project Updates

April 26, 2022     I     City Awarded Grant to Remediate Chestnut Street Property

June 6, 2022       I      Work Commences to Remediate Chestnut Street Property

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.

August 19, 2022
The city received the Preliminary Jurisdictional Determination Letter from the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), confirming the findings of the Wetlands Delineation Study. USACE concurred with the Wetlands Delineation Report prepared and submitted by Meristem, a subconsultant for Patriot Engineering, finding that the site only contains 0.11 acres of actual wetlands. This important milestone clears the way for the city to continue its work to obtain the necessary clearing and grading permits to accomplish the remediation work on the site contemplated under the Brownfield Grant. Future work will involve the preparation and submittal of a Pre-Construction Notice package to USACE, as well as coordination of reviews by USACE with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and State Historic Preservation Office. Future mitigation efforts will also include purchase of wetland mitigation credits through a recognized mitigation bank.

August 26, 2022
The city filed the Nationwide 404 Permit with the United States Army Corps of Engineers with the assistance and guidance of Patriot Engineering and Meristem. This permit will grant the city authorization to begin clearing and grading the site in furtherance of the environmental remediation efforts contemplated under the Ohio Brownfield Remediation Grant. Also, bid documents for the lead remediation and cleanup were posted. 

September 23, 2022
The city continues to work with Wetland Consultant Meristem and Patriot Engineering to secure wetland mitigation credits to allow the issuance of the Nationwide 404 Permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the corresponding 401 Permit from Ohio EPA. The city hopes to have the bulk of the mitigation bank work and permitting approval accomplished in the next 45 days. The city will be purchasing mitigation bank credits from a source yet to be finalized, to allow this work to proceed. Also this week, the city secured the contract to perform the lead soil excavation and debris removal work with Buckeye Elm Contracting, and also opened bids for the Groundwater Remediation Project. Bids will be reviewed by Patriot Engineering, prior to an award recommendation being advanced to City Council.

Contact

Environmental Contractor: Patriot Engineering and Environmental Inc

City Contact: Cory Wright, Assistant City Manager, (513) 583-3020