WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – The city of Warren is seeing results from the Moving Ohio Forward plan created by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine by knocking down its 100th house on Tuesday.
The demolition of the house at 948 Columbia Place S.E. gave Warren Mayor Doug Franklin a quick lesson in demolition.
“Too often people have had to put up with these dilapidated structures for so long. We just want them to know help is on the way,” Franklin said.
Warren received $500,000 from the attorney general’s office and matched the grant with $500,000 of its own. The funding is paying for the demolition of 153 homes that qualified under the program guidelines.
“It dealt with fire, burnt structures, heavily trafficked areas. And the most homes, where there was a sense of criminal activities taking place in some of those structures,” Franklin said.
The timeline to knock down the blight is an aggressive one. City officials hope to have them all down by March.
“You know usually when it’s this time of year a lot of things can’t happen outside due to the elements. But we’ve been very diligent with getting these houses down. It’s nice to see this is number 100,” said 4th Ward Councilman Greg Bartholomew.
But the work is far from done. Franklin said there is still about 200 other structures in need of demolition.
The city is exploring new grant sources to continue the progress started with the Moving Ohio Forward Grant. The Attorney General’s Office allocated $75 million statewide for the program.