vacant properties

Ohio has become the first state in the nation to outlaw the use of plywood on abandoned and vacant properties.

The Franklin County land bank, the Columbus land bank and the Central Ohio Community Improvement Corporation plan to spend nearly 21 million dollars to demolish more than 11 hundred vacant and abandoned homes by the year 2020.

The U.S. Department of the Treasury has announced that Ohio will receive $98 million to demolish blighted structures and prevent people from losing their homes to foreclosure. 

The city of Columbus has adopted a new one thousand dollar per day fine to try and deter residential and commercial building owners from allowing their properties to become a public nuisance.

Cities that have lost population are working on ways to turn vacant lots into gardens or parks, which officials say help revitalize neighborhoods and improve stormwater management

Deadline For Home Demolition Funding Extended

Sep 5, 2013

Ohio counties are getting more time to apply for money to tear down vacant and abandoned properties.

Ohio communities with blighted neighborhoods have until Monday to apply for demolition grants. The state attorney general has 75-million dollars set aside to tear down abandoned, foreclosed homes. For Ohio Public Radio, WCPN's Brian Bull reports: