WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership (TNP) has been studying the issue of vacant houses in Warren for nearly three years. Saturday, the group began making recommendations on how to fight the problem.
An open house was held Saturday in downtown Warren where the plans were laid out for every neighborhood in the city, pinpointing vacant homes.
“Creating home ownership opportunities, land use, urban agriculture, passive park spaces, code enforcement and other tools to help increase the quality of life in Warren neighborhoods, “said Matt Martin, TNP.
Not only did TNP study the housing in Warren, they also asked residents what they want to see. Martin said most want the land reclaimed and made into green spaces.
“People want to reclaim land through vineyards, orchards, gardens, parks. People want to see that property put to good use. People want to create opportunity out of the crisis that is this glut of vacant properties,” Martin said.
TNP also wants to make sure that houses that are occupied are up to code. Depending on the neighborhood, 15 to 30 percent of homes are not being maintained properly.
“People are also renovating homes, and there are plenty of homes to be renovated. But the reality is that plenty of homes in Warren are currently vacant,” said Marissa Williams, TNP.
There are about 1,500 vacant homes in the city of Warren. A large portion of those are not salvageable, according to TNP.
Another open house is scheduled for Wednesday, May 6.