County landbank to demolish 24 abandoned properties

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Andy Ouriel
May 13, 2013

Jack Mineo takes many meticulous steps to ensure he cultivates a vibrant, well-manicured green space running alongside Franklin Street.

The fenced-in, evenly trimmed lawn doubles as a good gardening spot for Mineo and a perfect playing area for his children’s boxers, Phoebe and Chloe, and bichon, Sophie.

But he detests the dead spot abutting his property.

Mineo lives next to a decrepit, condemned home at the corner of Franklin and East Market streets.

Among the property’s many shortcomings is the shabby grass that’s several inches high. It’s also an asbestos-filled home.

“We’ve lived here for 40 years, and that property has always been a nuisance,” Mineo said.

See the photos above and the list of properties slated for the wrecking ball. 

Finally, for the sake of Mineo and the entire neighborhood, someone has decided to kill the property.

Erie County officials targeted it as one of 24 blighted buildings to demolish sometime before Sept. 1. The first demolition should occur sometime this month.

The properties — most are located in Sandusky, while others are scattered throughout the townships of Oxford, Perkins and Vermilion — qualified for demolition after elected representatives overseeing these areas successfully submitted applications for demolition funds.

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Left Sandtown

Many listed on Hayes ave,Hayes ave was once a very nice street.


The lot should be given to the closest neighbor or the first person who cleans it up.No taxes for 3 yrs.


there are still beautiful houses on hayes ave


we ran out of money on a rehab and DAN WRIGHT PLUMBING stepped in and did the work for us. he told us to pay him when we can!!! he saved our house for us and we owe him. he did a great job. just when you think things are the worst they can be sometimes you get surprised by people.

Truth or Dare

What's being done with/about the old G & C Foundry property on W. Monroe? Who is responsible for mowing the grass on the boardwalk, or for that matter painting over the gang graffiti we get to see on the front of the building as we drive by? It's been there for a long time now. What, the bank has no responsibility for the property? Would a resident be arrested for mowing the grass themselves, or painting over the gang signs?


First off , I dont know why when they tore down the old G.C foundry plant they left the building that remains , They should have torn it down with the plant

Second off If they city does not want poeple doing the job that should be done to maintain the lot , then they need to let the general public help the city by cutting grass and painting and such .

And third , I can not understand why they tearing down the home on Stone Street , Am I missing something here ? if anyone knows please let me know .


How about demolishing the eyesore on the corner of 113 and River Road in Milan Township? It is located in Erie County and looks like it is ready to collapse on its own

doggie mom

That property was owned by the Cole's (Mickey Mart) Family and it was at least a few years ago being rented out and an elderly man was living there. I do not know if he still lives there or if Cole's still own it.


The elderly man died in 2012 and the Coles' still own it.


I believe Mick and Lisa Coles own that property and that they stripped the valuable woodwork inside to put in their new home on River Road. It was once owned by a judge from erie county who let it go to rack and ruin. Someone farms the property and there are longhorn steers. It was built before the civil war and it's truly a crime of neglect to not keep our history in this county.


Not surprising that they would do that(stripping resources from something that was once valuable). Maybe if they didn't spend all that money suing Erie Metroparks, they would have the money to clear the property


Why does the city sell condemned homes and then they sit in the same condition after the fact? Empty, Grass up to~well, you know where~shingles flying all over our yards, steps crumbling, weeds taller than the fence, back porch just falling off~well, you get the picture. Makes no sense to me! Why did the city not tear it down? Condemned and sold???? Then we have the other homes~3 to be exact~occupied~and SHOULD be demolished! What a mess..........what a shame


I question the 8116 MILAN SANDUSKY OH 44047 property. Is the information correct?


Some friends of mine moved here from out of state looking for a new start and moved into the Stone St home with help from someone at the Job Store and the landlord there ripped them off big time!!!! They were only here a short time because they had health issues with their son and had to return to not only a warmer location but his doctors but while they were here they never had heat in the winter because the landlord refused to fix the furnace and we went in and took electric heaters to them to at least help a little but that was the least of the issues. Where are the property owners for these places?


I'll miss the building on 426 Central Avenue. ( isn't it really on Decatur ?)
It always had a certain charm about it.

The guy next door might be probably couldn't slip a piece of paper between his house and the building.


Are they all foreclosures?


Are they all foreclosures?

Julie R.

So why aren't realtors buying up these abandoned properties and fixing them up to use as rental properties? Wouldn't it be a lot more beneficial to the housing blight in Erie County than buying fraudulently transferred properties at court-ordered scam sheriff sales to use as rental properties?

My thoughts

This again. Get over it already.


Jules is not gonna drop this as long as she is able to type. I suggest we all accept it. :)


Julie, this thread is not about your problem. Stop trying to make it be.

Julie R.

Auditors authorizing fraudulent transfers of property belonging to the elderly and the Erie County courts and the (former) sheriff then selling the properties with serious defects in the titles at scam sheriff sales isn't MY problem. I believe instead that Erie County has a very serious problem with their elected public officials.


Julie, dear, you're confused again.

You have alleged one instance of this, not a pattern, or even a second instance - that one instance is YOUR personal problem.

Furthermore, despite several people asking the Register to look into your story, neither they, nor you, can find sufficient evidence to make it worth their while. That makes it even more completely and exclusively your problem.

All you're doing now is solidifying the impression that you're a crank and diminishing the probability that anyone will ever take your story seriously. This is what's known as counterproductive behavior - actions that accomplish the opposite of what you want. You need to collect printouts of all your comments in the last year, and people's responses, and take them to a competent mental health counselor, and ask them what you should do. You'll see - they'll agree with what I'm saying.

Julie R.

What do you mean it's my personal problem? Corrupt public officials should be everybody's problem. Crimes against the elderly should be everybody's problem, too.

And how would you know it isn't a pattern? Do you do title searches for banks or what? According to a local title company the fraud they are finding during title searches at the Eeeerie County courthouse is unreal ..... and if anybody would know that for a fact it would be them. After all, they not only search records in the public offices of the auditor, recorder, treasurer, and even the common pleas, they also search records in the PROBATE COURT. The point I'm trying to get across is --- your Erie County public officials aren't as 'secret' as they think they are.

BTW, I could care less what people's responses are. lol


Corrupt public officials ARE everybody's problem, but you've presented no evidence of corrupt public officials. You've provided nothing but your naked unsupported assertion of what happened to you personally. You've offered no evidence that there was actually any wrongdoing or that what you claim happened happened. That's step 1.

YOU claim there's a pattern - it's therefore incumbent upon YOU to support YOUR allegations with EVIDENCE. "According to a local title company" - yeah, my best friend's third cousin's stepfather's uncle's ex-wife said so and so. Where has someone with authority to speak for this company gone publicly on record with this claim? Well?

You say you could care less about peoples' response? So then, Julie, WHAT EXACTLY DO YOU HOPE TO ACCOMPLISH HERE? What do you want to see happen as a result of your ceaseless thread-hikacking rants? STOP AND THINK ABOUT THAT FOR A MINUTE. Do you want somebody investigated? prosecuted? Do you want your inheritance back? or do you just want sympathy?

So, how's that working out? Let's see - when you first started, you got a little sympathy, but you pretty much destroyed it by beating a dead horse. Any investigations or prosecutions yet? Nope. Any sign of them signing that house over to you? Nope. What have you accomplished? Well, you've pretty much shredded your own credibility to the point that IF there was a prosecution, you'd be worthless as a witness. Was THAT your goal? Anyone here who is familiar with Julie's posting history and still thinks Julie is helping her own cause, please chime in. What's that - it sounds like the crickets chirping.

When you keep doing the same thing expecting different results, that's the definition of insanity. It's time to find another approach.

The Answer Person

Then do yourself and all educated readers here a favor, my dear. M-O-V-E. Get it? Get out.


I don't understand the reason for saying why arent realtors buying up the property like it is their fault that a building is abandoned and set for demo instead of making rentals out of them? most of the realtors I know don't want to be landlords or rehab a property. they sure don't have bottomless pockets to pour money into properties. when I got my license I was told you can either be a landlord or a realtor. most of the realtors I know have a hard enough time keeping their licenses paid for. unless you are talking about 2 realtors that I know that own rental property they are part of a real estate group that owns and manages a large number of properties. they have employees that handle the business . why would you make the remark about what kind of realtors does erie co have? I have seen your rant a few times I truly believe that something happened to you. I believe that I told you to contact the board of realtors in Columbus. all realtors answer to the licensing bureau and if there was any wrong doing by the realtor than you will be entitled to a monetary award. the reason that all realtors carry insurance policies is because they can be sued if they are accused of any wrong doing. all the realtors I know maybe three of them don't have to work second jobs because realtors do not draw a paycheck. they only receive money if and when they clear a sale. I think that saying realtors should buy all the property makes as much sense as saying all pizza delivery men, waitress, hairdressers, or mailmen, should buy the property and rehab it. realtors are not contractors. please file a complaint with Columbus if a realtor is at fault.


realtor here. lol

Julie R.

So if you're a realtor, wouldn't you have enough common sense to do a simple title search prior to bidding on property at a sheriff sale --- especially one that wasn't even being sold through foreclosure, one that was being sold instead through a partition action? I sure would! What kind of realtors do they have in Eeeerie County, anyway?

So if you did NOT have enough sense to do a simple title search prior to bidding on property at a sheriff sale, would you wait nine months after obtaining the property to have a title search done? Duh.

So what if you waited nine months and was then denied title insurance and given a long list of reasons why, including, but not limited to, the chief reason being --- a 4th beneficiary had a legitimate claim to the property (nice way of saying he was defrauded as a result of the fraud they found on the 1st owner's half prior to her death) --- and the title company even referenced the fact in writing that the preliminary judicial report filed prior to the sheriff sale (done by a Sandusky abstract title company) was "incorrect." (nice way of saying it was fraud when they falsely stated there were no defects in the title)

Would you keep the property? I sure wouldn't! What kind of realtors do they have in Eeeerie County, anyway? lol


Once again. total lack of knowledge a sheriffs sale and deed resulting from that sale clears any defects on a property, please just get a life and move on...