School to be demolished


BUCYRUS — The Crawford County Land Reutilization Corporation, also known as the Crawford County Land Bank, met and officially awarded bids on May 25 for building demolitions for the Norton Bicentennial Park project in Bucyrus and the East School project in Galion. Demolitions are expected to begin after June 15 and to be completed within nine months.

The lowest and winning bid for the demolition of the former Home City Ice Plant at the Bicentennial Park site, located at 510 N. Sandusky St., was $214,325, and the lowest and winning bid for the East School demolition, located at 127 E. North St., was for $339,403. The winning firm for both bids was Advanced Demolition Services from McComb, Ohio. Any additional need for asbestos and other remediation and associated costs are yet to be determined.

Barb McCullough, the Land Bank manager, was pleased with the announcement, saying, “We’re excited to see both projects moving forward. Demolition is the first step to the redevelopment of these brownfield sites.”

Both projects were awarded grants last July through the Ohio Department of Development. It received a $778,000 Brownfield Remediation Program grant for the Galion East School project and a $352,250 Building Demolition and Site Revitalization Program grant for the Norton Bicentennial Park project in Bucyrus.

The Bicentennial Park project is envisioned as a 2.5-acre park that will feature a pavilion, playground, dog park, restrooms, and parking for food trucks, as well as a tribute to Johnny Appleseed and the Norton family that settled Bucyrus. The end use of the Galion East Park project has not yet been determined.

Submitted by the Crawford County Land Bank.

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