City to get Leather Works site

GIRARD, Ohio (WKBN) – After spending the past 19 years in litigation, the Ohio Leather Works saga in Girard will soon come to an end.

As part of a settlement, the owners of the property will give the city of Girard the 27 acres at no cost. They also agree to pay $47,000 for the Ohio EPA to supervise and clean up contaminants at the site.

Mayor Jim Melfi said once the land is cleaned up, they can begin developing the property.

“It has great potential. In the sense of recreation, of commercial development, it is adjacent to property that the city is taking by eminent domain for a bike and walking trail. So, it all comes together nicely,” Melfi said.

For 70 years, the Leather Works made fine leather products until it closed in 1970.

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