Foreclosures during the Great Recession added to thousands of blighted properties in Columbus. But, a state program helped fund demolition of many of those houses and apartment units.
County Hopes To Raze Vacant House Problem
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If you drive through Franklinton, Linden, or one of a few other neighborhoods in Columbus, youâ€™ll see house after house with boarded up windows and an orange â€œvacantâ€ sign on the door.
There are about 9,000 vacant homes in Columbus, and many more in surrounding communities in Franklin County. Thatâ€™s why the county land bank is increasing efforts to buy, and then tear down or refurbish the nuisance properties.
WOSU’s Steve Brown spoke with county treasurer Ed Leonard about the land bankâ€™s new $8.2 million grant from the state Attorney Generalâ€™s Office. Click the play button above to hear their conversation.