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Ohio Looks for Buyers of Underused State Property

08/09/2007
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Ohio State Treasurer Richard Cordray, an up and comer in State and National politics, has introduced a State Program that seems to be innovative and “progressive”.

On July 25th Cordray, along with Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman and State Sen. Steve Stivers, held a press conference touting the transfer of about 13 acres of state owned land to the City of Columbus which plans to construct an 8 million dollar police helicopter site.Ohio State Treasurer Richard Cordray

It was back in January that Cordray announced the launching of an effort to create a comprehensive inventory of State owned land with the hope of shifting underused or neglected sites to public and/or private groups.

A web site has been created for the online database of such property and the public access to that info http://www.tos.ohio.gov

Locally, Trumbull County has 942 acres, Mahoning has 1,277 acres and Columbiana County has 693 acres that the State has designated as underused.

The State Treasurer is hoping that local agencies, private groups and others can search for State owned parcels in their locality and urges residents who believe underused sites can be put to better use contact his office. Condray welcomes public uses, private economic development, conservation initiatives and other ideas.

Now maybe this might warrant a “study” and the City of Warren, along with Trumbull County Commissioners, could come up with an innovative and “progressive” approach for growth of the County and City.

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