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.
Land banks in central Ohio say more than 1,200 blighted housing units were demolished last year at a cost of $10.2 million.
A fund set up to help people facing foreclosure is being eyed by others whoâ€™ve been working on the housing crisis who want to use it for something else.
The Franklin County Land Bank has received an $8.2 million grant to help buy and tear down or refurbish nuisance properties. But administrators still aren’t sure when work will begin.
Ohio communities with blighted neighborhoods have until Monday to apply for grants to fund the demolition of vacant, abandoned properties.
As some residential neighborhoods in Columbus and Franklin County sink from the effects of abandoned properties, local governments are turning to land banks to stop the decline. But, limited resources means the land banks cannot help all blighted properties.