Ashtabula City Industrial Park
Built in 2007, the Ashtabula City Industrial Park offers 9 sites ranging from 1 to 16 acres. It is within ½ mile of a deep water port (Pinney Dock) and is traffic light-free from Route 11. Eligible companies may receive assistance from the County or City Revolving Loan Funds, Industrial Bonds, Community Reinvestment Tax Incentive and/or State Tax Incentives and Financing. More information can be found on our Industrial Park page.
Transient Boat Dock
The Port Authority’s Transient Dock features a free sanitary pump out station (the only one on Lake Erie), access to Bridge Street retailers and daytime docking visits (2 hour maximum). Overnight boaters will need to stay in one of the local marinas. The Transient Dock area is available for community functions as well.
Dredging of the Ashtabula River
In November, 2000, the Ashtabula City Port Authority agreed to serve as the Non-Federal Local Sponsor for the Ashtabula River dredging project. The plan for environmental dredging was prepared by the Ashtabula River Partnership. The project was approved under the authorization of the Great Lakes Legacy Act in 2005. Employing a dredge equipped with a 12 inch cutter head the sediments were pumped to a consolidation facility, where the sediments were contained, and the water was decontaminated and returned to the Ashtabula River. A similar dredge equipped with an 8 inch cutter head was used for both attaining final depth and cleanup standards. Following completion of the environmental dredging, Operation and Maintenance dredging was undertaken under authority of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Dredging was initiated in the fall of 2006 and completed during the summer of 2008, removing 630,000 cubic yards of contaminated sediment from the river. As a result of this project, the Ashtabula River now has a nominal depth of 22 feet, which, once again, accommodates commercial vessels for area industries. The combined projects have removed approximately 25,000 pounds of PCB’s, as well as other contaminants from the river. These two dredging projects cost about $75 million and nearly two decades of organization, planning and execution, resulting in the Ashtabula River returning to a clean harbor on Lake Erie, and a “river of many fish”. The Ashtabula River Remediation Action Plan Advisory Committee is currently working to delist the river as an Area of Concern. More information can be found in the following PDF: Ashtabula River 5 ½ Slip Restoration Effort, in a Nutshell
This 600′ vessel unloads 7,000 tons of Marblehead limestone at R.W. Sidley’s. The Ashtabula River is now deep enough for lake boats of this size to deliver product to local businesses.