City Publishes Names Of Negligent Property Owners

Dec 12, 2012

The City of Columbus hopes to pressure owners to clean up blighted properties by publicly identifying them. 

On the development department's website, the city has published names and addresses of owners who ignored city notices and failed to clean up more than 100 blighted properties. Mayor Michael Coleman says the owners should do their part to help keep blight out of Columbus neighborhoods. The public identification of the owners stems from Coleman's plan to demolish hundreds of hazardous properties and rehabilitate others. His office says 66 homes have been demolished so far and 73 more are cleared for demolition by year's end. Columbus City Council Member Zach Klein says the city has to hold owners accountable when their negligence affects neighborhoods.