CAMPBELL, Ohio (WKBN) – There was talk a while ago about a company building a state of the art steel plant in Campbell. A grant was awarded to the city clean up the old Youngstown Sheet and Tube property in preparation for Pittsburgh-based Sharman International.
That was in 2012.
A viewer reached out to WKBN to find out what is happening with the project, and WKBN did some digging.
Today, the sign still hangs on the fence of Sherman International’s property that straddles the city limits between Campbell and Youngstown. The owners are still waiting for the green light to use the land.
Former Struthers Councilman Bob Carcelli has been working as a liaison between the company and local government. He says there are about five small areas of oil and water contamination on the property.
Roughly one-third of the 12-acre site that sits in Campbell was recently remediated using a $1.9 million CleanOhio grant that took about seven years to complete. Now, Carcelli says it’s a matter of the EPA and Sherman International getting together.
“The point we have here now is Sherman International and the EPA sitting down and signing paperwork necessary in order to make that shovel ready,” Carcelli said.
Carcelli said another $1.5 million will be needed to clean the 70 acres of the property that sits in Youngstown.
The owners of the property did not return our calls for comment, and the mayors of both cities are still waiting to hear some definitive plans. Campbell Mayor Nick Phillips said he understands it is a long process.
“All the years that the mills were running that was the “go to.” Everybody just dumped whatever was left over, whatever garbage there was in the soil was left and then they buried it,” Phillips said.
Both Carcelli and the contractor hired to do the brownfield remediation think if funding can be obtained cleanup of the full site could take less than one year complete.