Submitted by petron@cityofcf on Thu, 07/26/2007 - 12:00am
Mayor Don L. Robart is pleased to announce that the City of Cuyahoga Falls was a successful recipient of a grant from the State's Clean Ohio Revitalization Funds on July 25, 2007. The Development Department applied for a grant to further the redevelopment efforts in the South Front Street area. The grant, in the amount of $2,381,440, will be used to conduct environmental assessments, acquire property, demolition, soil and water remediation, asbestos removal and to develop new projects in association with a master plan completed in 2005 by Farr & Associates of Chicago, IL. Additional funds have also been committed by a local developer who will be constructing a mixed-use project consisting of approximately 122 units residential units and 18,000 s.f. of new retail space.
"The views of the river in this area are breathtaking" commented Mayor Robart and "these major plans to redevelop the underutilized properties into condominiums and retail projects can only result in a positive effect for this important area of the downtown." Historical uses for this area include wire manufacturers, foundries, and milling companies, which resulted in impacted soil and groundwater. "Not only will this project correct these negative environmental issues, but it will also provide for new housing that will be located adjacent to the beautiful Gorge and the Cuyahoga River and will be a spectacular place to live." commented Susan Truby, Director of Development.