Tuesday, February 15, 2000

Newport west end may see growth

Grant to assess land in industrial area

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        NEWPORT — The old industrial strip along the Licking River in the city's west end — including the former Newport Steel site — could become another of Newport's development projects.

        City commissioners authorized an application through the city's economic development department seeking $200,000 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for a Brownfields Assessment demonstration pilot grant.

        Economic Development Director Pat Wingo explained that the funds would be used to assess possible environmental problems with a total of 23 sites throughout the city deemed likely development sites.

        “The grant would allow a Phase I environmental evaluation of each site, and if necessary, a Phase II evaluation which would include cleanup,” Ms. Wingo said. “It would allow us to determine what type of development would work in the various areas.”

        She said the industrial area, which runs from just south of the 12th Street (Shortway) Bridge to Sixth Street parallel to the Licking River, would be considered one site.

        The development sites that will be evaluated are considered to have the possibility of some environmental concern, although Ms. Wingo also said “it's possible that several of the sites may have no environmental problems. We won't know until we can do the evaluation.”

        In addition to the $200,000 in EPA funds for site evaluation, the pilot grant would include $50,000 for a study of green space locations that could also include the west end area.

        In other action, commissioners de clared Feb. 14 Nellie Johnson Day in Newport, in honor of a 77-year-old lifelong resident who has been a volunteer for various organizations for many years, especially those working with children.

        Vice Mayor Jerry Peluso read a proclamation that outlined Ms. Johnson's service to the community, including her work with the Community Action Commission Head Start program; providing food and candy and managing an annual picnic for two special education classes at A.D. Owens Elementary School; and volunteer work with the Boys & Girls Club, Lawler Hanlon VFW Ladies Auxiliary and Newport United Veterans.


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