ASHTABULA — City officials want to sell or lease the former Ohio Department of Transportation facility on West Avenue for commercial or industrial development, City Manager Jim Timonere said.

The city currently uses the 5.8-acre property, 5520 West Ave., to house its salt dome as well as a sewer receiving station for businesses that truck their byproduct to the city and for miscellaneous storage, he said.

“The building is in decent shape and before it deteriorates, we want to see it repurposed and put to good use,” Timonere said. “It is an

attractive property due to its size and zoning. We don’t have the funds to make it what we want, so I’d like to attract a new business to develop the site or allow an existing business to expand their footprint.”

Ward 5 Council person Jane Haines asked about the property and potential sale at Monday night’s pre-council meeting.

The city bought the property 12 years ago with hopes of moving the city’s traffic, maintenance and sanitation department to the site. 

City officials now hope to attract development that complements existing land uses and takes advantage of the property and its buildings, Timonere said.  

City officials would like to continue to have access to the salt dome, as well as the sanitary station for customers in the northwest area of the property, he said.

Timonere also hopes a new owner or renter would improve the

condition of the property, while keeping in mind the proximity to residential neighborhoods.

As an incentive for potential buyers, the city is offering a 10-year tax abatement of up to 75 percent for new construction and renovation. Certain conditions apply. 

Anyone interested in the property should contact the city manager’s office, 4717 Main Ave., or call 440-992-7103, or email jim@cityofashtabula.com.

June 22 is the deadline for receiving proposals.

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