MANSFIELD -- The Richland County Land Bank is looking for a qualified environmental consulting firm to oversee cleanup of the former Swan Cleaners building.
The land bank was awarded $411,000 through a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant earlier this year to fund remediation activities at the former dry cleaners at 165 Park Ave. West.
The consulting firm would lead the site's cleanup in a manner that meets all Ohio EPA and U.S. EPA standards, according to local Land Bank officials.
These responsibilities include preparing bid specifications to abate asbestos, removing contaminated soil and installing a depressurization or vapor mitigation system.
Further, the consultant would attend all public meetings to stay informed and to assist in required reporting associated with the project.
Land Bank manager Amy Hamrick said the consulting firm would keep the project on track. This is the Land Bank's first experience with an environmental cleanup grant.
This is especially important as the Swan Cleaners property is located on a stretch of Park Avenue intended to become the "Imagination District."
"With the work being done by the Renaissance Theatre and Little Children's Buckeye Museum, leaving a blighted building could only bring it all down (aesthetically)," Hamrick said in June.
She anticipates the cleanup to begin around the end of October.
Responses to the search for an environmental consulting firm are to be submitted to Hamrick by Aug. 23 at 4 p.m. to 50 Park Avenue East, Mansfield, Ohio 44902 or firstname.lastname@example.org.