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Columbus Completes Demolition of 900 Abandoned Properties

Walker Evans Walker Evans Columbus Completes Demolition of 900 Abandoned Properties

In February 2012, Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman declared war on vacant properties, pledging to tear down 900 buildings deemed to be dangerous and uninhabitable — just a portion of the city’s inventory of 6,200 abandoned properties. His original goal was to complete the project in four years, but announced today that the mission has been […]

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Harsher Penalties Planned for Negligent Property Owners

Walker Evans Walker Evans Harsher Penalties Planned for Negligent Property Owners

Property owners that ignore orders from code enforcement may soon face harsher penalties. Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman is asking City Council to approve an update to City Code that double the maximum fine from $500 to $1000 and triple the maximum jail time from 60 days to 180 days. Business penalties would also jump from […]


Columbus gets $22M for Neighborhood Stablization

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Press Release: HUD Approves $100M+ in Neighborhood Stabilization Plans for Twelve Ohio Communities Hard-Hit by Foreclosure Funding aimed at neighborhoods facing potential abandonment and blight U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan today approved plans from twelve Ohio communities seeking to recover from the effects of high foreclosures and declining home values. Funded under […]


Columbus tackles vacant houses

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The Dispatch wrote Columbus tackles vacant houses Proposal would allow for speedier foreclosure process Sunday, December 23, 2007 BY MARK FERENCHIK Getting control of a vacant, ramshackle house can take cities years, delaying efforts to help the poorest neighborhoods. That’s why Columbus City Attorney Richard C. Pfeiffer Jr. is shopping an idea to legislators that […]


Far West Side revival plotted to reverse decline

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The Dispatch wrote West Side revival plotted Local governments uniting to reverse regional decline Monday, November 12, 2007 BY MARK FERENCHIK A plan to revive the faltering Westland Mall and soon-to-close Delphi Corp. plant could ultimately include a tax- sharing agreement between Franklin County, Columbus and Franklin Township. It’s a plan of regional importance to […]


Struggle for development in West Franklinton

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The Columbus Dispatch wrote Struggle for development in Franklinton Homes not right fit for neighborhood, leaders say Sunday, October 28, 2007 By Mark Ferenchik Vince Gazzara wants to build four houses in Franklinton, the poor Columbus neighborhood of century-old houses just west of Downtown that is struggling to reverse its fortunes. But he doesn’t want […]


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