The city of Portsmouth currently has 37 vacant lots for sale as a part of their Land Reutilization project.
“We still have a bunch of properties for sale here in the city through the Land Reutilization program,” Andy Gedeon of the Portsmouth City Health Department said. “We just wanted to let people know what we have available in case they are interested in purchasing the properties.”
Anyone wanting to talk about an available property can contact Gedeon at 740-354-8910.
‘I can give them any information they need and walk them through the process,” Gedeon said. “There’s no charge for applications if they’re interested in the properties.”
Why is the price for the property?
“The minimum we’re allowed to take is the appraised value,” Gedeon said. “By law, we can’t sell anything under the appraised value.”
Gedeon said, if someone calls with the address of the lot, he will give them the appraised value of that individual property.
“If we haven’t had it appraised it usually takes about 2-3 days to get that done,” Gedeon said. “Then I can contact them with that price.”
Currently the list includes properties on Fourth, Fifth, Seventh, Tenth, Armstrong Place, Center Street, Coles Alley, Dorman Drive, Endicott Avenue, Gallia Street, Johnson Street, Kiff Street, Linden Avenue, Mabert Road, Vinton Avenue and Walnut Street.
What are you trying to accomplish?
“We’d like to get these lots that aren’t maintained back on the tax books, and make them available to the neighboring property owners,” Gedeon said. “These are lots that were tax delinquent. Nobody was paying the taxes and this gets them back on the tax book and we can sell them to somebody that will help maintain the property.”
Gedeon said the city is not currently offering any houses for sale as they are awaiting action by the Scioto County Land Bank.
Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.