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Cera nets funds for gas station project

Rep. Cera Announces $340,300 in State Funding Towards Cleanup of Abandoned Gas Station in Steubenville

Grant awarded to Jefferson County Port Authority will allow project to be completed

Ohio Rep. Jack Cera, D-Bellaire, a member of the Ohio Controlling Board, today announced the release of $340,300 in state funding to the Jefferson County Port Authority for the continuation of cleanup and remediation activities at the site of an abandoned gas station near downtown Steubenville.

The Controlling Board voted to approve a request by the Ohio Development Services Agency to award additional funds to the Port Authority needed to complete the ongoing project on the corner of Third Street and Ohio 7, which began in 2018.

“The grant will allow the Jefferson County Port Authority to finish their important work returning this corner of Steubenville to a safe, sustainable condition,” said Rep. Cera. “Residents and local businesses will benefit greatly from the state prioritizing the prompt completion of these renewal efforts in a critical corridor of travel in our area.”

The Jefferson County Port Authority was originally granted $250,000 in state assistance for the excavation of underground gas tanks at the project site. Additional tanks were discovered after work on the project started. Through ODSA’s Abandoned Gas Station Cleanup Grant, the Port Authority will have the funds necessary to empty and remove the remaining portions of the site’s gas tanks, direct site clearance and demolition, and properly dispose of hazardous materials and contamination potentially present on-site.

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