City commissioners are expected to vote at 5 p.m. today at City Hall whether to spend $1.28 million on demolishing the Sandusky Cabinets building on East Washington Street.
Years of surveying by area environmentalists found asbestos and other toxic material throughout the 2-acre site near Shoreline Park. “The former Sandusky Cabinets site is a neighborhood eyesore and safety hazard,” said Todd Roth, Sandusky’s former engineer, who played a key roll in securing grant funds.
Sandusky Cabinets demolition at a glance
• Total project cost: $1.28 million
• Funding breakdown: $953,000 from a state grant; $327,000 from city funds all for administrative, demolition, cleanup and other costs.
• Demolition should occur sometime before 2016
Source: Sandusky engineering department
Before its life as a cabinetmaking facility, the 80-year-old factory produced wooden barrels and lumber, city environmental consultant Bob Haag said. Materials used to make steel or wood products — lead paint and various cleaning agents, for instance — contributed to the overall pollution at the site, Haag said.
Sandusky Cabinets has been an empty property for years, but it could one day become a job-ready site or even transformed into a park or residential neighborhood, city officials said. Another item up for a vote Monday: Spending about $30,600 to improve Warren Street abutting the cabinets property. The project consists of reconstructing Warren Street from East Market to East Washington streets along with improving drainage, curb and gutters.
Sandusky Cabinets’ looming demise continues a positive trend of construction crews either planning to or removing blights throughout the city, including the:
• Apex Building on First Street.
• American Crayon property on Hayes Avenue.
• Wisteria Farms, the former Esmond Dairy, on Campbell Street.
Additionally, city officials have already outlined plans to demolish the Keller Building on West Shoreline Drive, as well as restoring the DC Filter facility on Fifth Street. “For the residents, demolishing these buildings reduces the fire risk that would be present in these areas,” Sandusky fire Chief Paul Ricci said.