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Saybrook Township COAF Assessment Grant Application for the Delta Railroad Redevelopment Project at the Former New York Central Railroad Property Notice of Public Meeting and Information Repository for a Clean Ohio Assistance Fund Grant Saybrook Township is applying for a grant from the Clean Ohio Assistance Fund to pay for a Phase II Environmental Assessment of the Former New York Central Railroad Property at 2701 North Bend Road, Ashtabula. The application is available for review at the Ashtabula Public Library, 335 West 44th Street, Ashtabula, from August 26 through October 14. A public meeting to discuss and solicit comments to the grant application will be held on Tuesday, October 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the Saybrook Township Administrative Office, 7247 Center Road, Ashtabula. Application information is also available online at www.saybrooktownship.org. Any questions may be referred to Marc Pope at (440) 969-1106.

CONTACT INFORMATION: Marc Pope Fiscal Officer Saybrook Township 7247 Center Road Ashtabula, Ohio 44004 (440) 969-1106

Delta Railroad Redevelopment Project at the Former New York Central Railroad Property Saybrook Township, Ashtabula County, Ohio

Attachment 1 Application Summary

Project History Saybrook Township is seeking a COAF assessment grant for $256,520 to fund VAP Phase II assessment activities at the 66-acre former New York Central Railroad Company property. This land is currently owned by 62 Land, Inc. Delta Railroad Construction, Inc. currently plans to acquire and invest up to $1 million - $2 million in new building construction and property improvements. This assessment grant will provide critical funding for this important step in the acquisition and redevelopment process. The New York Central Railroad Company operated on the property from 1917 to 1971 for the repair and maintenance of railcars. 62 Land, Inc. purchased the property in 1971 and the Luntz Corporation operated railcar reclamation activities on the property until the late 1980s. Railcar reclamation consisted of removing all combustibles from old railcars and reclaiming the scrap steel. They burned combustibles on the property until they had to suspend operations when open burning became prohibited in 1972. The Luntz Corporation then constructed an incinerator and stack to maintain their business operations. In the late 1980s, the property was used for recycling of metals, paper, glass, and plastic by the Ashtabula Waste Paper Company. Current Property Uses The property has been vacant since at least the early 1990s. Remnants of many former rail spurs remain on-property. The site still has several dilapidated buildings and concrete and wooden foundations. Construction debris, rail ties, trash, and tires exist on a substantial portion of the property. Some of these materials are from previous operations and some are due to illegal dumping. Much of the land is wooded and has significant vegetative growth. Electric lines and poles transect the south central portion of the property and also run parallel along the eastern and western property boundaries. Electric, gas, water, and sewer utility infrastructure is tied into the property. Surrounding Land Uses The COAF property is surrounded by commercial, industrial and residential uses. The land to the north of the project area is an active CSX Transportation Inc. rail line with rail spurs. North Bend Road is on the southern boundary of the property and residential properties are across the street. A retirement home and power lines are east of the property. An American Water Company building, drainage swales, a former motorcycle sales business, and power lines are west of the COAF project area.

Saybrook Township COAF Phase II Assessment Application

August 2009

Delta Railroad Redevelopment Project at the Former New York Central Railroad Property Saybrook Township, Ashtabula County, Ohio

Buildings Eight dilapidated buildings and several foundations remain on the property. Remaining buildings are former offices, machine shops, water closet, former oil staging area, former air brake department, a former acetylene gas plant, and a small wooden shed. No buildings on the property can be reused or restored and some are suspected to contain asbestos. The Phase I assessment identified 16 buildings that are no longer present. Previous Sampling Activities A Phase II assessment was completed in September 1999. As a result of this assessment, five areas with total petroleum hydrocarbons above action levels were remediated. Two separate solid waste removal actions were completed in 2002 and 2003 where composites, wire, fabric, paper, ferrous metals, wood scrap, railroad ties, vehicles, and scrap tires were appropriately discarded or recycled. These removal actions resulted in approximately 758 tons of debris sent to a non-hazardous landfill, 87 tons of scrap metal processed at a recycling plant, and 2,108 scrap tires that were recycled. At that time, it was believed that these efforts resulted in the removal of almost all of the solid waste from the property except what may have been obscured by heavy vegetative growth. A dual-phase VAP/ASTM Phase I was prepared by Hull & Associates, Inc. in April 2009. The Phase I assessment recorded 19 identified areas that include former rail spurs, machine shops, oil staging area, lime pits from acetylene gas production, and a former incinerator. Previous soil samples identified chemicals of concern: volatile organic compounds (VOCs), semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs), metals, and TPH. This COAF-funded VAP Phase II assessment will help to more fully characterize the current environmental conditions of soil and groundwater on the property to allow for the development of a remedial plan to appropriately address these concerns. Redevelopment Plans This assessment will allow Delta Railroad Construction, Inc. to better understand current environmental conditions, help to better understand remediation obligations, and to help determine whether to purchase this property to expand its existing operations to this site and to increase its presence in Ashtabula County. This COAF property is ideally suited for Delta Railroad's expanded facilities to remanufacture railroad maintenance right of way equipment and to build and rehabilitate railroad tracks. Delta Railroad currently employs approximately 24 mechanics and 16 office employees at their existing 11-acre property on West Prospect Road in Ashtabula. Getting a much larger property allows for great expansion opportunities, expansion that cannot take place on their current land. Delta Railroad currently estimates that if this transaction takes place that they will construct a 15,000 ­ 20,000 square foot building with overhead cranes to help complete their business operations more efficiently. They currently anticipate an investment between $1 million - $2 million in new building construction and other property improvements. DForce Holdings, LLC, a real estate holding company with the same ownership as Delta Railroad Construction, Inc. plans to acquire this property. DForce Holdings and Delta Railroad plan to invest their own private capital in site acquisition, improvements and new building construction. Depending on the outcome of this Phase II assessment, public funds

Saybrook Township COAF Phase II Assessment Application

August 2009

Delta Railroad Redevelopment Project at the Former New York Central Railroad Property Saybrook Township, Ashtabula County, Ohio

may be requested to assist with site remediation ­ potentially through the Clean Ohio Assistance Fund or the Clean Ohio Revitalization Fund. Delta Railroad is recognized as one of the nation's premier railroad construction and engineering companies. Established in 1957 and headquartered in Ashtabula, this familyowned and operated business has over 250 employees. Delta Railroad has grown from a small track repair business serving local clients to a full-service railroad construction company serving the eastern United States. Their services include new track construction, track maintenance and rehabilitation, flash-butt rail welding (continuous welded rail), track equipment repair and remanufacturing, and track equipment sales, rentals and leasing. Delta Railroad provides services for industry, Short Line railroads, Class I railroads, commuter and passenger transit lines, and metro trolley systems. They have been recognized by the State of Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation for their excellent safety record. This project is a top priority for Saybrook Township, Ashtabula County and the Ashtabula Growth Partnership. The future land use for this property was identified as "industrial" in the Township's draft comprehensive plan and our planned reuse comports with that directive. This project also supports many of the recommendations made in the comprehensive plan, including the redevelopment of existing brownfield sites. This COAF project helps implement the township's comprehensive business attraction and retention strategy as well as its redevelopment strategy for vacant and underutilized properties. This is a critical redevelopment project in our Township and in Ashtabula County that will result in job retention and new job creation opportunities.

Saybrook Township COAF Phase II Assessment Application

August 2009

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