The heavy equipment is being pressed into service, as the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority is using $720,000 to make further preparations at the 111-acre Overland Industrial Park, the former Jeep Parkway site acquired by the Port Authority in 2010.
"We have to pave the way for a building to go up there. We've been through the remediation process, now we're just completing the demolition of the structure so we can move forward," said Matt Sapara with the Port Authority.
It is expected to take another 6 to 8 weeks to remove what is left of the foundation of the former Jeep Parkway Plant.
"Old foundations and basement walls, there are ones that can be six feet thick in some areas," said Sapara.
The next step will be to build new roadways on site to support construction of new buildings.
"We're also in the process of doing our due diligence working with a master developer in the area. Hopefully we'll be in the position by September to make recommendations to the Board of Directors for their consideration to work with that individual," said Sapara.
It is anticipated by early 2013 vertical construction will begin on a spec building to lure a manufacturing firm to that location.
"There's no reason that site can't be very economically beneficial for the community in terms of good paying jobs involving the manufacturing industry," said Sapara.