Columbus Will Tear Down 900 Vacant Houses

Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman says homes like this one in the King-Lincoln District area are a magnet for crime and drag down neighborhoods.(Photo: Flickr)
Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman says homes like this one in the King-Lincoln District area are a magnet for crime and drag down neighborhoods.(Photo: Flickr)

Columbus mayor Michael Coleman says the city plans to spend $11.5 million over the next few years to tear down 900 houses deemed dangerous or uninhabitable.

While the spending would be a record for Columbus, Mayor Michael Coleman says the city had to act because the houses are threatening the viability of neighborhoods.

The demolitions are part of a comprehensive city effort dealing with vacant houses…the city has more than 6,200 abandoned homes.

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