Integra Life Sciences
Award-winning project eliminates blight and aids job growth
The Integra Life Sciences Expansion project eliminated a blighted industrial structure as well as created new jobs and neighborhood investment, earning recognition at the 2013 OEDA awards for the cooperation and ingenuity of three regional economic development groups. The City of Cincinnati, the Greater Cincinnati Redevelopment Authority (Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority), and the Cincinnati USA Regional Partnership, each played a crucial role, with some calculated risks.
Integra, an established and growing life science company, had plans to add 60 more jobs, but lacked additional parking. To assist with expansion of the company in the Cincinnati neighborhood of Madisonville, the City and Redevelopment Authority acquired an adjacent site that for nearly 50 years housed a metal plating facility. The abandoned building sat on three acres of land that was ideal for additional parking, but was not owned by Integra, and had potential environmental challenges. Through the Redevelopment Authority’s 2010 U.S. EPA Brownfield Assessment grant, Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments were conducted. The environmental issues discovered were manageable; the building was demolished and paved over with asphalt for use as a parking lot.