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Wayne Allen

Common Staff Writer

Thanks to a grant from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, Scioto County and the city of Portsmouth will split $277,000 for demolition projects.

The funding was made available through the ‘Moving Ohio Forward Grant Program Fund.’

According to the grant information, “Attorney General Mike DeWine announces the launch of a new grant program to assist communities in their economic recovery by removing blighted or abandoned structures to reclaim our neighborhoods. Attorney General DeWine believes this is the first step in our housing recovery and is unique in devoting substantial resources to a demolition program. $75 million has been allocated among all of Ohio’s counties to achieve the maximum number of demolitions of blighted or abandoned residential structures.”

On Tuesday the Scioto County Commissioners approved a list of seven houses that are slated to be razed in New Boston and Washington Township.

“The Village of New Boston, and the Scioto County Health Department have condemned the following properties as unfit for human habitation and a threat to health and safety. The Scioto County Commissioners will proceed to demolish these properties thirty days after this notice,” a resolution passed by the commissioners stated.

The houses in New Boston include, 3753 Gallia Street, 1420 Lakeview Avenue and 304 Ohio Avenue.

The houses in Washington Township include, 1625 10th street, 210 Shump Street, 1445 Washington Blvd. and 1524 Washington Blvd.

Fritz Leighty, a consultant with the Scioto County Commissioners, said the houses that will be raised will have a lien placed on the property for the costs incurred.

“We (Scioto County) are targeting West Portsmouth and New Boston with our portion of the money,” Leighty said.

“We are estimating about 13 or 14 houses will be able to be taken down with this money,” said Tracy Shearer, Portsmouth’s economic development director.

She said this money is in addition to $150,000 allocated in this year’s CIP budget to tear down houses.

Wayne Allen may be reached at 740-353-1151, or wallen@communitycommon.com.

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