500 N Main St

Chris Dirt Excavating from Holland, Mich., is purchasing 18 acres at 500 N. Main St. in Mansfield, site of the former Mansfield Foundry.

MANSFIELD -- Mansfield City Council is expected to turn the final page Tuesday night on the old Mansfield Foundry at 500 N. Main St.

Council is expected to act on the sale of 18.29 acres from the site for $130,000 to Chris Dirt Excavating, LLC, with operations in Mansfield and Holland, Mich.

The city has owned the property since 2003 and was able to tear down the old structure and clean up the site in 2014.

Council will again meet in "virtual" session during the COVID-19 pandemic. The public can view it live-streamed on the city's Facebook page.

Mansfield Economic Director Tim Bowersock said remediating the former "brownfield" site came at a cost of just under $7.5 million, funds for which came from an environmental insurance policy and various Ohio EPA grants.

"The city actually has very little money in the project," Bowersock said.

Mansfield history

The old Mansfield Foundry building at 500 N. Main St. used to employ 500 to 700 people. The building was demolished 2014. The site has cleaned up and is now being purchased by an excavation company from Holland, Mich.. (Richland Source file photo)

Almost 200,000 square feet of buildings were torn down and clean-up activities included abestos abatement, PCB oil removal, transformer removal, lead soil removal and the removal of an underground oil storage tank.

Bowersock said the excavation company will employ four to five people and will likely grow to 15 or 16 in the next few years.

Chris Dirt Excavating is owned by former Mansfield resident Christopher McAuley, according to Bowersock.

Another small section (0.369 acres) at the site is scheduled to be sold Tuesday to Wayne Sanchez, owner of Ohio Machine Tool, a used industrial equipment dealer, according to Bowersock.

The economic development director said Sanchez purchased part of the property after the city acquired it in 2003 and Tuesday's purchase will complete the transaction.

In other business Tuesday, council is expected to:

-- vote on the creation of a city-wide community reinvestment area, aimed at spurring economic development through tax incentives. Council discussed the issue during its May 5 meeting.

-- vote to pay a $939.12 damage claim for Mike and Lori Colosimo for an incident involving the city's safety forces in March 2019.

-- vote to adopt a five-year update of the Richland County Solid Waste Management District plan.

-- vote to transfer $1,375 within the alarm monitoring fund.

-- discuss in caucus a $25,200 National Police Athletic League mentoring sub-grant to be used by the Mansfield Police Athletic League. The grant provides a portion of the personnel costs associated with the city's PAL director.

-- vote to authorize the public works director to file a grant application and accept a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration and the Ohio Dept. of Transportation. The funds will be used to advertise for bids and enter into a contract for snow removal at Mansfield Lahm Regional Airport.

-- vote to authorize the city to enter into a one-year software maintenance contract with Tyler Technologies Corp. in the amount of $74,086.95.

-- discuss an $80,000,no-bid equipment purchase for the Mansfield Police Division crime lab from Cybergentics, Inc. The ordinance states Cybergentics, Inc., is the sole source for the TrueAllele Casework System used by the lab.

-- vote on an ordinance that allows the city administration to utilize all funds received from the state through the federal CARES Act in a manner consistent with the requirements of the COVID-19 relief package.

Council's airport committee meets at 6:50 p.m., followed immediately by the council caucus and legislative session.

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