Tuesday, October 24, 2000

Lockland appoints development leader

By Allen Howard
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LOCKLAND — Richard C. Melfi, former chief of the real estate division in the Cincinnati city solicitor's office, has been appointed village administrator and economic development director for Lockland.

        Mr. Melfi, 56, will replace Evonne Kovach, who this month was appointed director of economic development for Cincinnati.

        The appointment of Mr. Melfi takes effect Oct. 31.

        Lockland Mayor Jim Brown said Ms. Kovach recommended Mr. Melfi.

        “I figured with his background and experience why go into a national search when we can get some right away of that quality,” Mr. Brown said. ”

        Mr. Melfi said immediate concentration will be devel oping 30 acres, one of the last pieces of vacant property in the innerbelt. Lockland's population is 4,272.

        “The vacant land is prime property and what we are looking at is bringing light industry, such as computer companies. What we don't want is the land to be used for waste disposal,” Mr. Melfi said.

        He said Lockland faces problems common to small villages when a major company moves out.

        Celotex Corp, which employs 100 people at a roofing plant at 320 S. Wayne Ave., has decided to sell its roofing business to CertainTeed Corp. CertainTeed plans to sell the building.

        The loss of Celotex will cost the village about $70,000 a year in taxes, Mr. Brown said.


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