A combined effort between the city and county land banks saw the demolition of a home located at 527 7th Street in Portsmouth.
The Scioto County Commissioners, Cathy Coleman, Bryan Davis and Mike Crabtree, alongside Portsmouth City Manager Sam Sutherland, Portsmouth Mayor Kevin E. Johnson, Andy Gedeon with the Portsmouth City Health Department, Bill Ogg of the County Land bank board, and members of American Legion Post 23 gathered at the demolition site to witness the ground breaking. The property, located adjacent to the James Dickey Post 23 American Legion will be acquired by the Post and utilized as a recreational area according to the Scioto County Commissioners.
Commissioners stated that according to Neighborhood Initiative Program (NIP) rules, the Post will be able to acquire the property at no cost due to being a veteran’s organization. According to Post 23 members they are excited for the potential this new property will bring them
“They’re supposed to clear it all out, and reseed the lot, saving some of the larger trees. We’ll start out with some picnic tables, and things like that,” said Emmett Gregory of Post 23, Past 7th District Commander. “We think it’s great. Anytime you can expand it’s wonderful.” Gregory said he would eventually like to see a portion of the space transformed into a basketball court for young people in the community.
Davis stated that this project has come together with the help of several entities.
“It all started in a barber shop, talking about the vision of taking this down and allowing the Post to acquire that for $0 dollars,” said Davis. “Because they are a veteran’s organization they won’t pay the normal fee of $200 for the sidelot program, and they will be able to turn this into something wonderful for the community. We’re proud of what’s being done today, we’re glad that this is the kind of thing that is happening from these properties. This is a win for the whole community and I want to thank the Post for their vision, and reaching out to the community. It’s a big deal.”
Reach: Ivy Potter (740) 353-3101 Extension 1932