By Frank Lewis
July 26, 2013
PDT Staff Writer
When the Portsmouth City Health Department has put foreclosed properties up for sale, through the Land Reutilization Program, they have gone like hotcakes. Now they have 23 more available for purchase.
“Those are three-year tax delinquent properties,” Andy Gedeon, Director of Environmental Health for the City Health Department, said. “The taxes aren’t being paid, so the city can sieze those based on the tax delinquency. All the liens, all the back taxes are stripped. The properties are appraised, and the city offers them for resale.”
Gedeon said the best part of the program is that the money goes back into the tax base and the schools receive the money.
“Once the city receives the property or gets the deed on the property, all the liens are stripped. It starts brand new,” Gedeon said. “There’s no back taxes, no liens if the weeds were cut or if any solid waste was removed. Everything is stripped. It starts over at zero.”
Gedeon said many people who live next door to the properties buy them for expansion purposes.
“A lot of these lots you can’t develop, based on the current regulations,” Gedeon said. “So for a very low price you get a chance to expand your yard, get a bigger yard.”
Gedeon said all properties have been appraised through a local appraiser.
“If they see a property they are interested in, they can stop by, fill out an application, and we can give them a price,” Gedeon said. “It’s run through a committee. There’s five or six people on the committee and they have to give their approval.”
Gedeon said if two people apply for the property, and the committee can’t deem one more worthy than the other, it goes to a sealed bid process.
“We have a list available at the office, and we’re beginning to update our (Portsmouth city) website,” Gedeon said. “Or they can call the Health Department at 740-353-5153, and request, and we can have one mailed to them.”
Properties available for sale through the city of Portsmouth’s Land Reutilization Program:
419 Boundary St. - house in the process of being torn down
2483 Mabert Rd. - vacant lot
1903 Mabert Rd. - vacant lot
1823 Mabert Rd. - house in the process of being torn down
1708 Mabert Rd. - vacant lot
1706 Mabert Rd. - vacant lot
1613 Grandview Ave. - vacant lot
1302 Grandview Ave. - vacant lot
1905 Valley St. - vacant lot
1715 Valley St., vacant lot
1309 Linden Ave. - vacant lot
1228 Linden Ave. - vacant lot
1810 Grant St. - vacant lot
1813 Dexter Ave. - vacant lot
5903 Farney Ave. - house in the process of being torn down
1231 St. Patrick Ct. - dilapidated house
1629 Seventh St. - vacant lot
2134 Seventh St. - house in the process of being torn down
2202 Sixth St. - house in the process of being torn down
1117 17th St. - house in the process of being torn down
2503 Scioto Trail - vacant lot
1305 Armstrong Pl. - vacant lot
3038 Gallia St. - vacant lot
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