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City, county working to get rid of blighted properties

Updated: Wednesday, June 11 2014, 06:57 PM EDT

WTOV9.com
JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ohio – Jefferson County is joining the City of Steubenville in working to get rid of blighted properties.
County officials are working on a demolition program for a Land Bank. They want to take land and reutilize it not only in the city, but in the county, and the program could be used for more than demolition.
The Jefferson County Land Reutilization Corporation is taking on a $500,000 project to demolish blighted structures and clean up the properties. Project planner Rich Fender said there are a couple ways this can be managed.
“The Land Bank would also help dealing with issues related to abandoned property where there are leans and clear title of property so it can be used beyond demolitions,” Fender said.
You can drive all around Steubenville and see broken windows and boarded up doors. Fender said dealing with these properties is something they still need to go over with the board.
“Some cases in the abandoned structure, the demolition would be necessary, so it would be how the Land Bank would manage their day-to-day operations."
Non-productive land such as burned down houses often costs more to reutilize than it’s worth.
“As long as it’s in that state, no one wants to do anything with that land,” he said.
Officials aren't sure just yet what houses will be up for demolition, and they said they can't commit to any numbers just yet.
They're working to nail down all of those details.

City, county working to get rid of blighted properties


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