Columbiana commissioners keep School of Trades project alive

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EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio (WKBN) – Columbiana County commissioners have thrown in a life raft to help keep a proposed downtown East Liverpool vocational school afloat.

The Morning Journal says commissioners have informally pledged to provide up to $100,000 to cover a funding shortfall for the New Castle School of Trades project.

“The commissioners see the incredible value in this project for the city and county and are each keenly interested in seeing this project completed,” county Development Director Tad Herold said in his letter.

They plan to open the school in downtown East Liverpool, with $350,000 in state funding obtained for the project. The city and commissioners have also contributed a total of $100,000, with the developer expected to spend $5 million to rehabilitate the old 5 & 10 and Ogilvie’s buildings.

The project was set to move forward but the developers ran into problems with asbestos in some of the buildings, especially the former 5 & 10.

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