Study OK'd for Republic property

The study will take up to 120 days.
YOUNGSTOWN -- The board of control approved a 289,830 contract with an Akron company to conduct an environmental study of the former Republic/Aeroquip property on Albert Street.
The money for the study comes from a Clean Ohio Assistance Fund grant the city received.
The city has owned the Albert Street property since 1979 after the rubber manufacturing company went out of business.
There is contamination at the site, and the study would determine the suitability of the property and the steps needed for remediation, said Jeffrey Chagnot, the city's economic development director.
There are several underground storage tanks on the 11-acre site, he said. The city has demolished six structures on the site and removed asbestos, he said.
Brownfield Restoration Group LLC of Akron will conduct the study, which includes water and soil tests, Chagnot said.
The work will proceed immediately. The study is expected to take up to 120 days, he said.
The board approved the agreement with Brownfield at its meeting Thursday.
Treatment-plant study
Also at the meeting, the board hired Strollo Architects, a Youngstown company, for 24,500 to conduct a study to assess the roofs at the city's five-building waste-treatment plant complex.
The company will start the study at the Poland Avenue complex in about two weeks and take about 90 days, said Carmen S. Conglose Jr., deputy director of the city's public works department.
The roofs leak, Conglose said. The study will determine the cost and method of repair, he added.

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