This land at 2469 E. 71st street in Cleveland is a brownfield site in Cuyahoga County that may qualify for state money to be cleaned up and re-developed.

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CLEVELAND — One of Ohio’s largest counties has a significant amount of land that’s not being used, but that could change.

On a cold, windy day in Cleveland, J Shorey walked along the old T&B Foundry, a metal casting plant that closed down about a decade ago and now sits vacant.

“Some people look at that building and think it’s just an eyesore waiting to be torn down. And I look at it as a space where vibrant, artistic and other ideas can be housed and be supported and generate. That’s what I see,” said Shorey.

With a background in biology and law, Shorey has big plans for what he calls the Foundry Project, which would involve redeveloping the site. He credits his mom for the motivation.

“It’s just part of me is to look at waste and say, ‘what can we do to extract value from that?’”

He wants to turn the foundry into an urban farm that can also be used for education. According to Shorey, the site is on a brownfield, so some of the property could be contaminated with things like asbestos from the tower.

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