Another $170,000 Neighborhood Stabilization funding was secured earlier this year. The county asked the various political subdivisions to provide lists of properties that matched demolition criteria and received an overwhelming response. Twenty were selected for this round, leaving hundreds of other properties in waiting.
In May, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office provided the county with $473,000 to continue and expand the efforts, and county commissioners adopted a countywide land bank program with a board that is reviewing the list.
Both the stabilization program and the land bank are designed to transform blighted properties to developable properties for businesses looking to build or expand, for green spaces or for residents who want to expand their properties. “The land bank is two-pronged: For economic development and community development,” Erie Regional Planning director Steve Poggiali said. “We want to clear neighborhoods of condemned, blighted properties, tear them down and create opportunities for other homeowners.” The land bank board, which is made up of representatives from local governments, must also determine a plan for recouping the $11 million in delinquent taxes owed to local schools, park districts and area governments.
For a list of the properties scheduled to be razed this year get a copy of today's Register.