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New Round Of Blighted Building Demo Funds Awarded In Ohio

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(Columbus)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted today announced the locations of more blighted and vacant structures that will be demolished to make room for new economic development.

A total of 599 additional structures in 15 counties will be demolished with support from the Ohio Building Demolition and Site Revitalization Program, which was created by the DeWine-Husted Administration to help local communities demolish dilapidated commercial and residential buildings.The projects announced today bring the total number of demolition projects funded through the program to 3,699 projects in 87 counties, including 825 projects announced in October and 2,275 projects awarded in early December.“

Eleven properties in Fayette County will be demolished. They are:
304 S. North Street Washington Court House Ohio 43160
324 N. Main St Washington Court House Ohio 43160
624 Rawlings Street Washington Court House Ohio 43160
633 Church Street Washington Court House Ohio 43160
704 Columbus Avenue Washington Court House Ohio 43160
710 Columbus Ave Washington Court House Ohio 43160
722 Church Street Washington Court House Ohio 43160
803 N. North Street Washington Court House Ohio 43160
828 S. Main Street Washington Court House Ohio 43160
903 S. North Street Washington Court House Ohio 43160
932 E. Temple Street;
930 E. Temple Street

In Hocking County, The City of Logan will demolish the old Hocking County Jail, a more than 4,500 square-foot brick structure that has been vacant since 2005. Once demolished, the site will be revitalized into green space and future development will be determined.

By ridding our state of eyesores that  are hindering development and impacting property values, we can revitalize our communities and attract new investments, businesses, jobs, and housing opportunities,” said Governor DeWine. “Many of our communities have truly transformative ideas for these properties, and I’m pleased that we’re able to help remove these barriers to development.”“In many communities, there are abandoned buildings that with some help could be demolished and the land reused for new businesses, housing or recreation,” said Lt. Governor Jon Husted. “Today that help is arriving in the form of demolition grants that will renew 599 sites across Ohio.”

The Building Demolition and Site Revitalization Program is administered by the Ohio Department of Development and was created with $150 million allocated by the Ohio General Assembly in the 2021 state biennium budget bill. All counties were eligible for at least $500,000, with some counties receiving additional funding to cover demolition expenses in excess of their initial set-aside grants. With today’s announcement, all funds allotted to the program have been awarded. 

Examples of new projects funded in today’s new round of awards include:

  • Central Ohio Community Improvement Corporation (Franklin County): Columbus will demolish the former Westland Mall shopping center on the city’s west side. Following demolition, developers plan to construct a mixed-use project on the site.
  • Montgomery County: Dayton will demolish the remains of a collection of condos at Lofty Oaks Lane that were destroyed by the 2019 Memorial Day tornadoes. The site will be prepared for future redevelopment.
  • Summit County Land Reutilization Corporation: Akron will demolish what remains of the Rubber Bowl and Heisman House. The partially demolished stadium and abandoned lodge are dilapidated and an eyesore to the community. Following demolition, the site will be considered for future development around the Akron Executive Airport and expansion of Finish Line Park.

“So many of these sites have been a nuisance in our communities for much too long,” said Lydia Mihalik, director of the Ohio Department of Development. “Tearing down these problematic, rundown properties will move Ohio forward and make room to build and develop for the future.”

The Building Demolition and Site Revitalization Program is part of Governor DeWine’s Ohio BUILDS Initiative, which focuses on supporting targeted solutions that impact the quality of life, such as water infrastructure improvements, broadband expansion, brownfield redevelopment, the demolition of blighted buildings, and more.

For more information on the new Building Demolition and Site Revitalization Program, visit Development.Ohio.Gov/Demolition.

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