A contract has stalled abatement work on the old Correctional Center in Chillicothe. Click to hear KMZU’s Chelsea Wade talk with City Engineer Ron Urton:

Ron Urton

According to Urton, the first phase of the project was initially scheduled to start in mid-October.  “There are just a few things, some additional information, they needed to provide before the city could sign the contract.  We are hoping to get that back very soon.  Once we have that we can sign it and the contractor can get started,” Urton said.

Urton added that the city has been planning for the project for about 10 years.  “We have a vacant piece of property that has some environmental issues and those are going to be addressed.  We are excited to get this project moving forward.  It has been a long process and anytime you have environmental problems it does take a while.  I think we are getting to the point where we can get the project going.”

Following the abatement work, a private developing company will turn the south side of the facility into housing units.

The total project is estimated to cost about $315,000 and will take 6 months to complete.

The first phase is expected to start next month.