COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has revealed a list of 2,277 “blighted and vacant structures” throughout 42 Ohio counties that “will be demolished to pave the way for new economic development and housing opportunities across the state.”
You can see the full list of properties included in the demolition list at the bottom of this story.
These buildings will be torn down as part of the “Ohio Building Demolition and Site Revitalization Program," which Gov. DeWine’s office says will help local communities remove dilapidated commercial and residential buildings while revitalizing surrounding properties to attract investments, businesses and jobs.
“We’re not just tearing down dilapidated buildings, we’re helping to make communities across the state better places to start a business, raise a family, and build a bright future,” Gov. DeWine said. “This isn’t just a win for 42 counties, it’s a win for all of Ohio.”
In total, the Ohio Building Demolition and Site Revitalization Program will award nearly $150 million in grants for projects across the state. Details on demolition projects in additional counties will be provided in the coming weeks.
So which buildings are included in the demolition list? You can explore the document below to check all of the impacted addresses in your county.
Didn't see anything from your county listed above? It's possible your area was included in a previously announced demolition plan involving 825 projects that were revealed back in October. You can see a full list of those addresses in the document below -- including dozens of locations in Cuyahoga County.
Here are some examples of what the newly announced demolition plan includes:
- Athens County Land Reutilization Corporation: Glouster will demolish a dilapidated building that poses a potential danger to surrounding buildings, cars, and passersby. Formerly a mill and flower shop, the current owner purchased the property to harvest wood from the inside but found the structure to be unstable. Once demolished, surrounding parcel owners including the village and school district have expressed interest in building on the property.
- Auglaize County Board of Commissioners: St. Mary's will demolish blighted structures on the property of the wastewater treatment plant. Removal of these buildings will allow for expansion of the plant to continue meeting ongoing requirements of the Ohio EPA and to meet demand caused by population growth.
- Belmont County Land Reutilization Corporation: The Colerain Township Trustees will demolish an old post office that has been deemed uninhabitable and unsafe. Once demolished, the property will be utilized by a local nonprofit fire department to expand parking and training capabilities.
- Hamilton County Land Reutilization Corporation: The Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority will demolish two former hotels – The Drake and The Carrousel – as part of a collaborative effort with multiple jurisdictions to reinvigorate the Reading Road Corridor. Following the demolition of the blighted properties, The Port plans to construct an industrial spec building with the goal of finding an advanced manufacturing company to bring high-paying jobs to the community.
- Lucas County Land Reutilization Corporation: Lucas County will demolish the former Rosemary Apartment building in Toledo. The blighted, seven-story structure has been vacant for at least 15 years and serves as an eyesore and danger to residents and visitors. The site is adjacent to the Ottawa River and all parcels are within a floodplain designation. While there is limited future use for this property once demolished, ownership may be transferred to the City of Toledo for stormwater management.
- Mahoning County Land Reutilization Corporation: Youngstown will demolish 473 vacant, badly blighted residential properties throughout the city to stabilize the housing market and revitalize neighborhoods. Once demolished, these lots will transition to greenspaces with plans to potentially develop the properties for housing, commercial, and industrial use.
- Medina County Port Authority: Medina County will demolish a former shoe repair building in downtown Medina. Once demolished, the Medina City Development Corporation will execute a ground lease with the Rose Company, which has proposed a $9.3 million mixed-use, four-story, 47,000-square-foot capital investment. This project fits within the strategic plan goals to incorporate more housing to support small businesses downtown. In addition to housing, this project will add some commercial retail spaces.
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