Meigs County blighted properties to be torn down

COLUMBUS, Ohio— Meigs County will have funding for 22 locations of blighted and vacant structures for demolition to make room for new economic development.

“It’s been a tedious process getting everything lined up to proceed with demolition however, we are optimistic and thankful for any and all assistance from the state level to help clean up some blight in out county,” said Jimmy Will Meigs County Commissioner.

The state funding for the projects through the Building Demolition and Site Revitalization Program announced will 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. The program is designed to help with demolition of blighted and vacant properties to allow new developments and usage. Meigs County officials on various levels have been working for some time to obtain funding to address such properties in the county.

The 22 properties in Meigs County that will be demolished are listed below:

  • 0 Brownell Avenue, Middleport
  • 739 S. Second Avenue, Middleport
  • 771 S. Second Avenue, Middleport
  • 783 S. Second Avenue, Middleport
  • 803 Brownell Avenue, Middleport
  • 86 S. Fourth Avenue, Middleport
  • 101 Pleasant Ridge, Pomeroy
  • 107 W. Locust Street, Pomeroy
  • 109 W. Locust Street, Pomeroy
  • 114 Wolfe Drive, Pomeroy
  • 1519 Nye Avenue, Pomeroy
  • 1523 Nye Avenue, Pomeroy
  • 19 Cave Street, Pomeroy
  • 413 Spring Avenue, Pomeroy
  • 201 Main Street, Racine
  • 303 S.Third Street, Racine
  • 305 Elm Street, Racine
  • 47538 Yellowbush Road, Racine
  • 1124 College Road, Syracuse
  • 2293 Fifth Street, Syracuse
  • 2301 Fifth Street, Syracuse
  • 2686 Third Street, Syracuse

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.

“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.

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 this announcement, all funds allotted to the program have been awarded.

Examples of new projects funded in this new round of awards in other areas of the state 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.
  • Henry County Land Reutilization Corporation: Remnants of the Sandy Hill Farm will be demolished, including a house, corn crib, and grain bin. In their current state, all three buildings are structurally compromised and have rodent infestations. Once demolished, the site will be utilized to expand operations of an organic farm.
  • Hocking County: 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.
  • 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.