First Energy firm buys 109 acres in county PDF Print E-mail
Written by JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN Sentinel County Editor   
Friday, 30 November 2012 11:13
The corner of Mercer and Dowling roads where First Energy Corp. has purchased 109 acres. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
A subsidiary of First Energy Corp. has purchased 109 acres in Wood County for $937,933.
American Transmission Systems bought the acreage in Middleton Township, located between Bowling Green and Perrysburg, on Nov. 20, according to the real estate transfer records at the Wood County Auditor's Office.
"Yes, we did purchase the property," Patti Michel, First Energy spokesperson said Thursday afternoon.
"We're looking at different projects" for the site, Michel said, such as an electric substation or other type of facility. She would not say what other options were being studied for the property.
The farmland, at 12261 Dowling Road, was purchased from Elaine Gardner and Patricia Blossey. The land is located at the southwest corner of Dowling and Mercer roads, with three parcels making up the 109 acres. The sale price averaged $8,600 per acre.
The site has existing transmission lines overhead.
That made the site attractive to First Energy, according to Michel, who stressed that First Energy is still studying possible uses for the property.
"It's really too early to say," she said of any plans. 
Depending on what the study concludes, "we could look at something next year," Michel said.
Any project located on the site must be approved by the Ohio Power Siting Board, she said. Since the project would involve a utility, Michel said she didn't believe the plans would need to be approved by any local zoning boards.
Wood County Planning Commission Director Dave Steiner concurred.
"Typically utilities are exempt from zoning," he said. Consequently, the county or Middleton Township authorities won't need to review the plans, "not if it's purely a utility use."
Wade Gottschalk, executive director of the Wood County Economic Development Commission, said First Energy had not yet contacted his office about the possible plans, and echoed the fact that local approval is not needed for such projects.
"That's typically true," he said.
Middleton Township Trustee Jim Bostdorff said the township had not been notified about any plans by First Energy.
American Transmission Systems Inc., a subsidiary of First Energy, provides transmission services to electric energy providers and power marketers. It owns high-voltage transmission facilities consisting of approximately 5,800 miles of transmission lines. The company is based in Akron.
Last Updated on Friday, 30 November 2012 12:57

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