November 1, 2012
PDT Staff Writer
Thanks to a grant from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, Scioto County and the City of Portsmouth will split $277,000 for demolition projects. The funding was made available through the ‘Moving Ohio Forward Grant Program Fund.’
According to grant information, “Attorney General Mike DeWine announces the launch of a new grant program to assist communities in their economic recovery by removing blighted or abandoned structures to reclaim our neighborhoods. Attorney General DeWine believes this is the first step in our housing recovery and is unique in devoting substantial resources to a demolition program. $75 million has been allocated among all of Ohio’s counties to achieve the maximum number of demolitions of blighted or abandoned residential structures.”
The Scioto County Commissioners have a list of seven houses slated to be razed in New Boston and Washington Township.
On Thursday, the commissioners approved 30-day notice for the demolition of the New Boston structures.
The houses in New Boston include, two on Gallia Street and one on Stanton Ave.
According to Skip Riffe, Chairman of the Scioto County Commissioners, demolition could start next month.
According to information provided by the commissioners office, the same notice was given about a month ago for the structures in Washington Township.
“The Village of New Boston and the Scioto County Health Department have condemned the following properties as unfit for human habitation and a threat to health and safety. The Scioto County Commissioners will proceed to demolish these properties thirty days after this notice,” a resolution passed by the commissioners stated.
Fritz Leighty, a consultant with the Scioto County Commissioners, said the houses that will be razed will have a lien placed on the property for the costs incurred.
“We are estimating about 13 or 14 houses will be able to be taken down with this money,” said Tracy Shearer, Portsmouth’s economic development director. She said the city will have a bid opening on Friday, Nov. 2 for tearing down eight homes throughout the city, with funding from this grant.
She said this money is in addition to $150,000 allocated in this year’s CIP budget to tear down houses.
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