Senator Skindell Announces Clean Ohio Funds For Cleveland
Funds will be used for environmental redevelopment at two sites

Columbus – Senator Michael J. Skindell (D-Lakewood) announced today that the State Controlling Board released $656,272 in Clean Ohio Assistance Funds to CuyahogaCounty. The funds will be used to conduct demolition and remediation activities on the Emerald Alliance VII housing project.

“These funds are absolutely necessary in our fight to end homelessness in our community,” said Senator Skindell. “And enlisting the help of Clean Ohio ensures that we are creating more sustainable living environments throughout Cleveland.”

The redevelopment project is a continuation of a joint collaboration between the Cleveland Housing Network and the Emerald Development and Economic Network. Emerald Alliance VII is part of the Housing First Initiative whose mission seeks to establish permanent housing in CuyahogaCounty.

Cleveland Housing Network and Emerald Development will use the funds to revitalize the previously unused property into a 40-unit supportive housing complex. The redevelopment will also result in the creation of nine full-time jobs and five part-time positions. 

“This is a prime example of how state funds can be used to create jobs and fund resources for Ohioans,” said Skindell. “The partnership between the Cleveland Housing Network and Emerald Development should be commended; their efforts will ensure that we have more supportive communities. 

The Controlling Board today also released $299,377 in Clean Ohio Assistance Funds to the city of Cleveland for the Kolthoff Road Landfill property. The funds will be used for Phase II of an Environmental Assessment on the property.

The assessment will include the installation of 51 test pits, 14 monitoring wells and 10 soil vapor probes. The implementation of Phase II will help to determine the environmental stability of the Landfill. Phase I of the assessment identified historic uses of the property that posed environmental concerns.

The Controlling Board provides legislative oversight over certain capital and operating expenditures by state agencies and has approval authority over various other state fiscal activities.

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