Second Street/State Route 48 Improvement (Mobil Station)

Mobil SignIn August 2022, the city, working in partnership with the Adams County Land Bank, took possession of the former Mobil Station site (106 West Loveland Avenue) after the prior owner concluded fuel center and retail operations. Once the site was remediated, a right turn lane was added along State Route 48 to improve traffic flow turning onto West Loveland Avenue. 

The city completed environmental inspections required to demolish the former fuel center, remove the existing underground storage tanks, and pursue additional funding to assist in remediating current known and unknown issues associated with the past fuel center use. To date on the site, asbestos testing work has been completed, which allowed demolition efforts to proceed through the State of Ohio Demolition Grant program administered through Clermont County. Once testing results were confirmed, the county bid the demolition out as part of the grant process. Additionally, with the transfer of the property, the city authorized testing to determine if there were existing, undocumented petroleum releases associated with underground storage tanks on site. 

Project Updates

August 19, 2022
While the remediation process takes place, stop blocks have been placed around the property's perimeter to prevent unauthorized access and eliminate potential traffic safety issues associated with “cut-through” traffic on the site or unauthorized vehicle trespass.

September 16, 2022
A sign reading “Traffic Improvements Coming” was placed at the site to help keep residents informed.

October 28, 2022
Consulting with the city’s environmental consultant Patriot Engineering, the city finalized and submitted an application to the Ohio Abandoned Gas Station Grant Program for funds to accomplish remediation of the site. Once the application is approved and funds are received, further activities will take place.

November 4, 2022
Patriot Engineering provided oversight services required to conduct the temporary closure in place of all formerly active underground storage tanks located on the property. The closure reports will be filed with the Ohio Bureau of Underground Storage Tanks (BUSTR) to document that the tanks are out of commission, sealed, and no longer active. This critical activity is part of the process to prepare the site for eventual demolition activities. Additional materials were submitted to the Ohio Department of Development for the Abandoned Gas Station Grant application. 

November 21, 2022
Core and drilling samples have been completed in furtherance of the city’s pursuit of Abandoned Gas Station Grant Program funds through the Ohio Department of Development. 

December 2, 2022
The site geophysical survey as part of the State of Ohio Abandoned Gas Station Grant program approval process was completed. Now, the geophysical survey, asbestos report, site map, and asbestos findings report are being forwarded to the Ohio Department of Development for final review. Once funding is confirmed, work will commence to demolish the structure, remove the tanks, and remediate environmental conditions.

December 9, 2022
The city received notice that the remediation project and Ohio Abandoned Gas Station Program grant has been recommended for approval by the Ohio Department of Development and will be forwarded to the Controlling Board for final approval. Once the funding is secured, it is anticipated that work will commence quickly.

January 9, 2023
The city's Abandoned Gas Station Grant Program funding application is being forwarded to the State Controlling Board for final approval. Once the grant agreement is approved by the State Controlling Board, the funds will be released, and demolition and tank removal activities can then commence. Once the demolition and removal activities are finalized, testing and monitoring will commence to remediate any petroleum releases identified during the demolition and closure activities. 

January 30, 2023
The city is awaiting receipt of the executed grant funding agreement from the Ohio Department of Development. 

February 10, 2023
Patriot Engineering confirmed that the Ohio Abandoned Gas Station Program Grant has been awarded. The demolition contractor will begin work the week of February 16. The city is very excited to commence demolition and remediation activities to prepare for the State Route 48/West Loveland Avenue turn lane improvement, scheduled to be bid later in 2023. In regard to the turn lane project, the project engineering is now nearly 90% complete, with the final steps to include a final review and approval process. Once the plans are approved, bid document preparation can commence and the project can be advertised for bid.

February 24, 2023
Demolition activities commenced, and the main structure and canopies are now removed. Work continues to remove underground tanks and other underground infrastructure located on the property. Once demolition is completed, testing will occur to determine the level of remediation required. 

March 3, 2023
Work continues to demolish the fuel center and remove the decommissioned tanks. The contractor now has the entire building removed and is working to remove pavement to access the underground storage tanks on the property.

March 10, 2023
The remediation contractor is conducting excavation and backfill activities for several of the orphan tanks left on the property. Work continues on sorting, pavement removal, excavation, and testing activities to determine the amount of remediation required once the site demolition and UST removal activities are completed. Once testing results are completed, Patriot Engineering will provide additional guidance regarding the final remediation work necessary to complete the project.

March 17, 2023
All underground storage tanks have been removed, along with retaining walls, existing pavement, and other ancillary improvements on the site. Once the remaining debris piles are removed, the contractor will finish grade and apply seed/straw to the site, thereby allowing the placement of the monitoring wells required to assess the site during the post-closure period and as required by regulatory agencies. In the coming weeks, Patriot Engineering will install monitoring wells as part of the Abandoned Gas Station Grant program.

March 24, 2023
The contractor has removed the bulk of the debris from the site. Work will continue to address rough grading, seeding, and straw on the parcel to provide cover and erosion control during the post-closure monitoring period.

June 12, 2023
City staff continues coordination activities for the turn lane. Utility relocations and soil boring information are still required before the excavation work can commence.

July 7, 2023
Electricians reviewed existing conditions in preparation to move and relocate existing underground electric serving the street lighting. Additional power points will be included for future beautification efforts on the corner of the intersection. Duke Energy will need to relocate the primary utility pole, which is still in process. These utility relocations can delay projects for a considerable period of time, since the utilities work independently from the primary road contractor.

July 14, 2023
This week contractors poured foundations for the relocated pedestrian poles and the relocated traffic signal mast pole. Work will continue to prepare the project area for roadway excavation work, which will commence upon completion of the overhead utility relocation work by Duke Energy.

July 24, 2023
This week (estimated July 26-27), the traffic signal pole at the intersection will be moved. This project is weather dependent. Crews will post 4-way stop signs in the intersection temporarily while work is being completed. 

July 28, 2023
Contractors completed the relocation of several underground electrical feeds. Crews successfully completed pedestrian signal pole installations and also relocated the existing traffic signal mast pole along West Loveland Avenue with minimal disruption to vehicular traffic.

September 1, 2023
Duke Energy relocated overhead utilities and removed the pole in conflict on SR 48 with the turn lane project. Construction of the road improvements should start shortly.

September 25, 2023
Construction is underway on the Second Street turn lane project. Crews are pouring curb and began to pour the northern section of the sidewalks. 

October 6, 2023
The ADA ramp and dome sections were completed this week, and the contractor is working on the West Loveland Avenue portion of the project. What's next? Sidewalk and curb work, as well as brick paver border installations.

October 20, 2023
Work on the turn lane project is wrapping up. Brick pavers have been set and intersection ramps were installed. Grading activities were also completed. Staff received word from Patriot Engineering that BUSTR has confirmed that the proposed over-excavation of contaminated soils from the site is an acceptable Interim Remedial Action (IRA) for the site. Now, Patriot Engineering will file the associated IRA paperwork on behalf of the city prior to contractors commencing work on the site to remove contaminated soils from the prior gas station use. This work will be completed utilizing remaining funds from the previously awarded Abandoned Gas Station Grant awarded to the City by the Ohio Department of Development. Once contaminated soils are removed, the city’s consultant will file a summary report within 60 days of completing the IRA. Groundwater monitoring will be required during the post remediation period to ensure that contamination levels are below the established action thresholds, as monitoring results will dictate the process to obtain a No Further Action (NFA) designation for the site.

October 27, 2023
The city received approval from BUSTR for the interim remedial action plan. Crews will be mobilized to excavate approximately 1,000 cubic yards of contaminated soils from the site and will fill the excavation area with clean backfill to remediate past fuel releases. Once the remedial action is completed, the city will conduct additional sampling and monitoring activities. A report will be files with BUSTR as part of the process to close the former fuel center site. Ford Development has completed the majority of the work for the new turn lane. The new sidewalks are installed, and the site was rough graded to backfill against the new curb and walk section. The surface course of the turn lane was also installed. Remaining work includes minor adjustments to the pedestrian buttons to achieve proper orientation to the new ADA ramp, as well as striping work for the new crosswalks and turn lane, which will be completed as soon as weather permits. Once the pavement striping work is completed, the lane will be open to traffic.

November 2, 2023
The turn lane is open for use. Striping has been completed, the pedestrian buttons are fixed, and a bench has been installed.

Maps & Photos

Mobil 1 Mobil 2 

Former Mobil Station 2-24-23

Construction of road curb and sidewalksSidewalk installation

Road intersection


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