Ohio Extends Deadline For Counties to Use $75M of Demolition Funds

There are several thousand vacant homes in Columbus alone.(Photo: Steve Brown, WOSU News)
There are several thousand vacant homes in Columbus alone.(Photo: Steve Brown, WOSU News)

Ohio counties will have extra time to demolish and clean up thousands of vacant and nuisance properties after Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office extended the deadline for the counties to use demolition grant funds until the end of September.

The grant money, about $75 million statewide, has already paid for more than 10,000 demolitions.

But many counties and cities have struggled to use up that money and file the paperwork because of weather, lack of contractors, or a lack of preparation to start immediately doing demolitions.

“It’s not an issue that you can identify the property on Tuesday and begin to ameliorate the issue by the following Wednesday,” said Aaron Sorrell, ‎Director of Planning and Community Development for the City of Dayton

Hamilton and Sandusky Counties were among those asking for an extension of the original May 31 deadline.

But this money will eventually run out. It comes from a $25 billion, multi-state legal settlement with five big banks over mortgage fraud and abuse.

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