COLUMBUS -- State Representative Al Landis (R-Dover) announced that the State Controlling Board has approved the release of $826,180 to the Tuscarawas County Port Authority for demolition and remediation activities on the former ODOT District 11 Headquarters property, located in New Philadelphia.

The Tuscarawas County Port Authority requested Clean Ohio Revitalization Fund assistance to remediate impacted groundwater and soils, as well as demolish the existing building on the property.

"I'm glad to see that the Tuscarawas County Port Authority will be receiving these funds for an improvement project in New Philadelphia," Landis said. "This area continues to see growth in development, and I am excited to hear what the new project for this location will be."

The Port Authority acquired the property in May 2010 in an effort to begin addressing the blight caused by the vacant facility. Located along a main thoroughfare and among existing commercial and retail development, the property is in an ideal location for commercial redevelopment within New Philadelphia.

While an end-user has not been specifically identified, the Port Authority is continuing to solicit and review potential commercial redevelopment opportunities for the site. The city has demonstrated a commitment to grow a commercial development in this area by continuing to invest in infrastructure upgrades.