Land bank rejuvenating county

By Ivy Potter -

More blighted homes are set to come down as part of the County Land Bank Program. According to Scioto County Commissioners a dozen homes are being demolished currently as part of the initiative to clean up the county and remove homes that are abandoned, blighted, and unsafe.

Commissioner Bryan Davis commented that the property being acquired by Post 23 just this week for use as a recreational area is just one example of the possibilities that can come from Land Bank properties.

“That’s just one of the examples of what we can do. We don’t always have to tear them down and have a green space and sell it to the neighbor. We can enter into contracts with organizations, for example the Potter’s House in Sciotoville and what we’re going to be doing up there with them in establishing a community garden. Those are the kinds of things we’re able to do, and those are the kinds of things we’re kind of expanding our horizons to do now that we’ve got our heads wrapped around what we’re doing with the Land Bank. It’s a positive thing,” said Davis. Commissioners said they have already surpassed the 109 properties they estimated to have this year, and still have people coming forward to donate unwanted properties.

In regards to the conditions of the homes, Davis states that these dwellings are unlivable and unsafe. “They’re all really bad. That’s something I hope everybody understands, these are houses that have actually gone through sheriff’s sales. These are the worst of the worst, nobody wants these houses,” said Davis.

In response to those who question why these homes are not utilized for the homeless, commissioners reiterate that these homes are not safe for living and state it would be a “disservice” for those individuals, claiming these homes have structural damage, black mold, and water damage in most cases.

“We’re getting rid of the blight, we’re cleaning up the neighborhood, and we’re getting these properties back on the tax rolls and we have people that are buying these lots and plan on building on them. That’s how you rejuvenate a community.”

By Ivy Potter

Reach: Ivy Potter (740) 353-3101 Extension 1932

Reach: Ivy Potter (740) 353-3101 Extension 1932