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Liberty trustees OK plan to raze complex

Published: Thu, July 25, 2013 @ 12:05 a.m.

By Lee Murray



Liberty trustees approved a resolution that may finally rid Naylor-Lloyd Road of the abandoned Barkley Square apartments at essentially no cost to the township.

“We want to get rid of it,” Trustee Stan Nudell said Wednesday, “but we want to do it right where it’s not going to cost us anything.”

The apartments, formerly called Liberty Square Apartments, have been empty since 2006. Three of the four derelict buildings already have been torched by arsonists, but the remaining structure, gutted and clearly visible from the road, remains an eyesore.

The resolution will permit Trumbull County Land Bank to designate grant funds on the township’s behalf to remove the asbestos, enabling the Liberty Township Fire Department to remove the remaining structure by means of a controlled training burn. Officials say a controlled burn already has been approved by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, pending the asbestos removal.

The grant program is part of a $75 million allocation from the Ohio Attorney General’s office to demolish vacant, abandoned and blighted properties in Ohio. Without the grant money, the demolition plans might not have been possible.

“The cost [to remove the asbestos] was incredible,” said Administrator Pat Ungaro. “$90,000 for one building, with demolition on top of that.” Ungaro added that the township could not afford to pay that up front. He added that traditional grant procedures require a percentage of funds to be provided up front to be matched by the donor, but this reimbursement program will pay for 100 percent of the asbestos removal.

A training burn will use in-house labor from the fire department to avoid the additional demolition costs. It is possible, too, that a portion of administrative and fire-department salaries also could be claimed in the grant monies, negating overtime expenses for the township and getting the job done without any detriment to the township’s bottom line.

Trustees already have received a preliminary bid for the asbestos removal work of around $85,000. If a contractor can be found who would wait until the township received the grant money, there would be no out-of-pocket expenses for the township.

It’s a little early in the process to discuss a time frame for the work to begin, said Ungaro. “This is new territory, so I don’t know that yet,” he added.

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1fcb(429 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

This story is unbelievable!! The people of this township have been asking for years to have these buildings taken down and now after seven years they come up with a plan to do it!! Four of the five have been burned,not three of the four. I say why now!!!! Why go through all this now after some one has taken down four of the buildings by fire. In a short while he will burn down the last one.Then go in with a bulldozer and cover everything up. Trustees !! What a waste!

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2walter_sobchak(2511 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

The problem is the crackheads and heroin addicts that use the buildings. They are the "arsonists" that cause these fires to occur from a result of their drug activity. With any luck, they will burn down the last one in the same way, saving the asbestos abatement money. Funny thing, since asbestos doesn't burn, it is still on site in all the remaining burned out buildings. Are special procedures required to clean-up the debris in the burn pile?

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3bratwoman(24 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

As a Liberty Township resident and a near neighbor to Naylor-Lloyd road, I am for one glad to learn of the plans to raze this eyesore, regardless of how, who, or when. My grandfather lived there when it was Barclay Square, and it needs to be removed so that the beautification process already begun in Liberty can continue.

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4republicanRick(1578 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

Burning down the vacant buildings is what spurred government to finally do something.

That's why burning down the vacant homes and buildings in Youngstown is also improving the neighborhoods.

Burn, baby, burn. The quickest, cheapest way to clean up blight and help the families living around the abandoned buildings.

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5DwightK(1491 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

This is a good plan. I don't know what everyone is complaining about.

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