SALINEVILLE - Utica East Ohio Midstream, owners of the cryogenic natural gas processing in Kensington, have purchased two former Huntington Bank office buildings in Salineville, with the intent of turning them into administration offices for gas and oil operations in the area.
Real estate transfer records indicate Huntington sold UEO the properties at 10 and 70 East Main for a total sum of $600,000 recently. UEO Emergency Preparedness and Public Awareness Manager Eric Mize said the buildings will be used as office space for "support people" for the nearby gas processing plants in Kensington and Leesville.
Mize called the purchase a longterm commitment to the area. He said he hopes the purchase will dispel the notion that UEO's activities in the area are simply part of a fleeting gas and oil boom.
"This solidifies our presence and our future here in these communities," said Mize. "We're here to stay."
The larger of the two buildings, the 25,000-square-foot former "Johnson Building", is located at 10 East Main St. It will be used mainly as administrative offices for UEO and its partners, Access Midstream and Enervest Midstream.
The three-story building may be divided into offices for each of these three partners, according to Mize.
The smaller building is located at 70 East Main and is formerly known as the "Hutson building". This two-story, 4,000-square-foot building also will house administrative offices. Administrative employees at the two new office buildings could run the gamut from environmental safety professionals to inspectors and training professionals.
Mize said UEO and its partners are in the process of renovating both buildings and investing significant money in updating them. He says UEO employees hope to begin moving in some time in the next two weeks.
Between the two buildings, UEO anticipates about 40 employees working at the new Salineville offices, according to Mize. The spacious office building will no doubt be a welcome improvement for UEO administrative employees who were formerly "crammed in" at various work sites said Mize.
"These people have been on job sites until we could find an actual location for them," said Mize. "It's giving us an office location that we didn't have in this area."