State OK’s $2 million grant for Ohio Commerce Center in Lordstown

The Ohio Department of Development announcement today that it has approved a $2 million Job Ready Site grant for the Ohio Commerce Center in Lordstown, according to Regional Chamber officials.

“We are really excited about the news of the Job Ready Site grant because the competition for these funds was extremely strong across the state,” said Tom Humphries, president and CEO of the Regional Chamber. “This project could pave the way for major development at the Ohio Commerce Center in Lordstown and the potential for a significant amount of jobs, especially related to the oil and gas supply chain,” Humphries said.

The Regional Chamber was designated by ODOD as the grant recipient for the project, serving as its economic development community facilitator.

Sarah Boyarko, vice president of Economic Development Retention and Expansion for the Chamber, praised the work of the Chamber’s partners in landing the grant including Ohio Commerce Center owners George and Spiro Bakeris, Commerce Center property brokers Chuck Joseph and Dan Crouse and ms consultants. Lordstown Village officials provided ongoing support.

“This was truly a group effort in landing this much-coveted grant. And the improvements to be made at the site will make the property very attractive to a variety of users,” Boyarko said.

The Lordstown project was one of seven Job Ready Site grants awarded across the state of Ohio out of 30 projects requesting $61 million that were submitted. Those seven projects split $10 million that was available this year.

The grant will used to prepare 266 acres of industrial and manufacturing space for development at the center. The project includes street resurfacing and railroad crossings and railroad line improvements including modification of the state Route 45 bridge, headroom track extension, drop and swap rail improvements and onsite track improvements.

Ohio Commerce Center is a 1.5-million-square-foot facility, located on 476 acres on state Route 45 (5232 Tod Ave.),  Lordstown. The facility offers manufacturing, storage and distribution space. Intermodal features include on-site truck and rail access to air transportation and waterways. The complex is comprised of nine warehouses, eight outdoor concrete storage pads and additional outdoor storage. Three of the warehouses have both truck and rail access. About 120 acres of greenfield space is available for development.

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