Cleanup of Royal China property in Sebring to begin this summer

State and local officials announced Monday, March 20, 2023 that the $1.8 million cleanup of the contaminated former Royal China property in Sebring is fully funded and soil removal could start in mid-summer.
  • The site of the former Sebring Royal China Company has contaminated soil. It’s been an eyesore for decades.
  • State and local authorities announced on Monday that cleanup efforts will begin this summer after soil testing.
  • Property owner Mike Conny said he hopes to start redeveloping the 20-acre site within three years.

SEBRING – State and local authorities expect the former Royal China property to be cleaned up and redeveloped within a few years.

“It’s real. It’s happening,” said Debora Flora, executive director of Mahoning County Land Bank. “It will continue until its completion.”

Flora and other officials, including Sebring Mayor James Harp, celebrated a project milestone on Monday with a press conference at the Village Fire Department substation across from the 20-meter brownfield site. acres.

Officials said funding for the $1.8 million cleanup project on South 15th Street had been secured and scoping tests to identify specific areas of lead-contaminated soil to be removed or covered began this week. .

Ricky Tosatto, driller for GPD Geotechnical Services, uses a Geoprobe drilling rig to take soil samples at the former Royal China property in Sebring on Monday, March 20, 2023.

Jim Smith, president of the Brownfield Restoration Group in Akron, said the process would take at least a year, but he expected crews to start cleaning up and hauling soil to landfills by mid-summer. .

He also said the removal of this soil will pose no health risk to residents.

Leave a Reply