PDT Staff Writer
Scioto County is receiving $277,000 from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office ‘Moving Ohio Forward Grant Program Fund.’ The money will reportedly be split with the city of Portsmouth for demolition projects in the county and the city.
According to the 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.”
Fritz Leighty, a consultant with the Scioto County Commissioners, said the houses that will be raised will have a lien placed on the property for the costs incurred.
“We (Scioto County) are targeting West Portsmouth and New Boston with our portion of the money,” Leighty said. “We think there may be enough money to raze between 15 and 17 houses.”
Tracy Shearer, Portsmouth’s economic development director, said a meeting is scheduled for next week to determine the target area for the city.
“We are estimating about 13 or 14 houses will be able to be taken down with this money,” Shearer said.
She said this money is in addition to $150,000 allocated in this year’s CIP budget to tear down houses.
Work is expected to begin in August in the county and the city.
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