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Site of old harbor fire station to go on the market

By:  Shelley Terry - Star Beacon

ASHTABULA - - Only a slab remains where the city's old fire station on West Ninth Street stood only a week ago.

Feb. 27, a machine operated by Ashtabula Iron and Metal employee Eric Magda spent the day knocking down the brick walls of the building.

"There's a concrete slab yet to be removed and, when that's done, fill dirt will go in and grass seed will be planted at the site," City Manager Anthony Cantagallo said, noting the property will be listed on the real estate market as a building site for a single-family residential home.

The city paid Ashtabula Iron and Metal $5,225 to demolish the building, which has been abandoned for 10 years.

The demolition occurred a week after workers removed asbestos from the site.

City officials have pondered the fate of the station for some time. Most recently, members of the Ashtabula County Fire Chiefs Association considered making the station a home for the county hazardous materials (Haz-mat) team. However, the building needed a lot of work and the plan was shelved early last year when the city bought the old Ohio Department of Transportation complex on West Avenue.

The Haz-mat team is going to move into the old ODOT building, said Dom Iarocci, the city's director of public services, who will present his plan for the building at the next finance and ordinance committee meeting, March 21 at City Hall.

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