NE Ohio city speeds up rundown house demolitions

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — The pace of demolitions involving dilapidated houses is speeding up in a northeast Ohio city.

Youngstown says demolitions have already passed the halfway point of this year’s goal of 1,000. There are 4,000 to 5,000 vacant houses in Youngstown.

The (Youngstown) Vindicator (bit.ly/ZxODjq) reports that as of Thursday 581 houses have been demolished this year with 212 more planned in the next couple of months.

City officials credit hearings that require owners to work out schedules with prosecutors to improve or demolish rundown houses.

It costs Youngstown $7,500 to have a contractor demolish a house. With more owners paying this year, the city has saved about $1.27 million on 169 of the demolitions.

Last year there were 412 houses demolished in Youngstown, with owners paying for about 70.

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Information from: The Vindicator, http://www.vindy.com

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