Loan and Grant Fund

The JobsOhio Revitalization Program Loan and Grant Fund is designed to support the acceleration of redeveloping sites in Ohio. Primary focus will be placed on projects where the cost of the redevelopment and remediation is more than the value of the land and a site cannot be competitively developed in the current marketplace. Priority will be placed on projects that support near term job creation opportunities for Ohioans.

Job Creation

Revitalization projects typically retain and/or create at least 20 jobs at a wage rate commensurate with the local market. Priority will be given to job creation and retention projects within JobsOhio targeted industry sectors, those making additional capital investment beyond remediation and redevelopment and/or projects with wages higher than the average local wage rate.

Eligible Applicants

Business, non-profits or local governments where the entity committing the jobs has signed an agreement such as a letter of intent, option, lease or holds title for the project site and has a specific business plan, financing plan and schedule for redevelopment and job creation to occur.

Eligible Sites

An eligible site is an abandoned or under-utilized contiguous property where redevelopment for the immediate and primary purpose of job creation and retention are challenged by significant redevelopment constraints.

Eligible Costs

  • Demolition
  • Environmental remediation
  • Building renovation
  • Asbestos and lead paint abatement
  • Removal and disposal of universal and construction waste
  • Site preparation
  • Infrastructure
  • Environmental testing and lab fees

Remediation Projects

For environmental remediation loans and grants a No Further Action letter issued by an Ohio Certified Professional is typically required for projects where long-term engineering controls are necessary on the site. In certain circumstances, JobsOhio may require a Covenant Not to Sue from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, depending on the project and site characteristics.

Available Funding

  1. JobsOhio Revitalization Loans
    Amount – Typically $500,000-$5 million and between 20% and 75% of eligible costs Term – Typically between 10 and 15 years
    Interest Rate – fixed rate to be determined at closing
    Fees – Loan commitment and servicing fees also apply
    Security – To be negotiated
    Payment – Payment of principal and interest will begin when the certificate of occupancy is issued or when the revitalization is estimated for completion, not to exceed 5 years

  2. JobsOhio Revitalization Grants
    Eligibility –Typically coupled with Revitalization Loans and provided to fill funding gaps where remediation costs exceed the anticipated net gain in land and improvement value, making successful redevelopment unfeasible. Funds are available only to projects where job creation will begin within a negotiated period not to exceed 5 years.
    Amount – Typically up to $1 million

 

Phase II Assessment Fund

The JobsOhio Revitalization Program Phase II Assessment Fund is designed to assist in the review of potential environmental risks on sites where redevelopment for job creation or retention is likely to occur. Demonstrations of redevelopment readiness might include end user interest in the site, locations that are attractive to JobsOhio targeted industry projects, areas already undergoing redevelopment with other nearby job creation momentum, market studies and the like.

Job Creation

The project must demonstrate that job creation or retention is highly likely if environmental risks can be understood and addressed. Priority will be given to job creation and retention projects within JobsOhio targeted industry sectors.

Eligible Applicants

Business, non-profits or local governments where a potential end user has expressed clear interest in reuse of the project site. Clear interest could include a signed agreement such as a letter of intent, option, lease or holds the title for the project site and has a redevelopment plan that includes new job creation or retention of existing jobs.

Eligible Sites

  • An eligible site is an abandoned or under-utilized contiguous property where redevelopment for the immediate and primary purpose of job creation or retention are complicated by significant redevelopment challenges.
  • An All Appropriate Inquiry (AAI) or OEPA Voluntary Action Program qualified Phase I Environmental Site Assessment has been completed for the site.

Eligible Costs

Phase II services including environmental testing, lab fees, and work completed by certified professionals for completion of a Voluntary Action Program or American Society for Testing and Materials Phase II environmental property assessment.

Available Funding

JobsOhio will provide grant funding up to $200,000 per approved project, provided on a reimbursement basis.