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Cleveland: Demolition grants help clear blighted buildings

5:13 PM, Dec 7, 2012   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- A condemned home in Cleveland was demolished Friday to highlight a grant program aimed at revitalizing neighborhoods.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced in February the Demolition Grant Program which will contribute nearly $12 million in grants to Cuyahoga County and $75 million for Ohio.

The program is aimed at removing blighted and abandoned homes using funds received through the national mortgage settlement earlier this year.

DeWine joined Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and officials from the Cuyahoga Land Bank at the demolition site on Morton Avenue. The Cleveland Land Bank is administering the demolition grants in Cuyahoga County.

Each demolition costs about $7,000. The money will cover about 2,300 blighted buildings in Cleveland and older suburbs and make way for new development.

WKYC-TV

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