Friday, September 19, 2008

Cincinnati supports Sara Lee remediation grant

Cincinnati City Council has unanimously approved a resolution supporting Hamilton County's abatement and rehabilitation of the former Sara Lee facility at 3241 Spring Grove Avenue in Camp Washington.

The resolution of support is a requirement of the Ohio Department of Development's Clean Ohio Assistance Fund grant program.

The county is seeking the grant to perform a Phase II environmental site assessment on the 15.82-acre property, which will allow them to develop a cost estimate and remediation plan to return the land to productive re-use.

Hamilton County Commission president Todd Portune says that an end-user has been found for the facility, but he has not identified it by name.

In March 2007, the county accepted the property as a gift from Sara Lee Food & Beverage and planned to use the vacated former Kahn's meat packing plant as the site of a new Hamilton County jail.

Two tax increases that would have funded the new jail went down to defeat, the last one in November 2007.

Previous reading on BC:
Cincinnati will vote on support for Sara Lee cleanup (8/19/08)