For years, the Terrace Motel on Market Street served as a drug haven for local dealers.
It has been closed for at least seven years, and residents have been asking for it to be torn down for nearly as long. On Monday, Boardman Township trustees and Mahoning County Commissioners announced a partnership to make that happen through a Community Development Block Grant.
The grant covers the entire amount of the roughly $25,000 demolition project, which is slated to get under way July 8.
“The townships themselves have seen blight and in the past, most of the demolition money would go to the city, but there are issues in our townships and a lot of blight in our larger townships,” said Mahoning County Commissioner Anthony Traficanti.
That blight isn’t just limited to commercial properties. Boardman Township trustees applied for and were granted money through the Ohio Attorney General’s Office to demolish vacant residential properties as well. The township received $100,000 with a matching amount through the Moving Ohio Forward program and received another $75,000 in CDBG grants with no local match required.
“We’ve identified 26 homes in Boardman, and some of them actually the owners have complied and tore down the homes, but our goal is by Dec. 31 to have knocked down 20 homes,” said Boardman Trustee Brad Calhoun.
It’s all an effort to improve surrounding areas that lead into the city of Youngstown. Trustees plan to apply for grant money to demolish other vacant commercial buildings, but they are starting with the Terrace Motel.
“We’re going to plant grass. We’ve committed to the back end over there to make sure that it’s not an open hole into someone’s backyard. We’ll do whatever we’ve got to do to make sure it’s cleaned up again,” Calhoun said.