Ohio to Demolish Thousands of Vacant Buildings

The state is funding a $150 million effort to raze blighted buildings to accelerate revitalization.

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December 13, 2022, 7:00 AM PST

By Diana Ionescu @aworkoffiction

Boarded-up facade of vacant brick building in CIncinnati, Ohio

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Writing in The Center Square, J.D. Davidson reports that Ohio announced a new list of vacant buildings slated for demolition under a state program designed to eliminate blight and revitalize communities.

“The state added a large list of communities and buildings to the Ohio Building Demolition and Site Revitalization Program, announcing 2,277 additional blighted and vacant structures in 42 counties will be demolished,” Davidson explains. The effort is part of a plan to accelerate the process of transforming blighted properties into useful spaces.

“The projects are funded with grants from the $150 million set aside in the state’s two-year budget that passed in 2021. Thirteen counties will also receive an extra $35.3 million to cover expenses in excess of the initial aside grants.” Buildings on the list include two defunct hotels on property owned by the Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority, which the Authority plans to replace with an industrial spec building. Another 825 buildings were put on the list in October.

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