WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – City leaders in Warren are moving forward with the code-enforcement blitz and are entering phase two. The second phase targets neighborhoods near schools.
The project cracks down on property code violations.
“We’re going into every single neighborhood in the city, one street at a time, to make positive, substitutive change to our neighborhoods,” said Warren Mayor Doug Franklin.
Over the summer, the code-enforcement blitz resulted in 38 citations with a 90 percent compliance rate.
“Obviously, we want to complete that remaining 10 percent and just build from that. We want to continue to build from what we started in phase one and continue just to proceed,” Planning and Zoning Coordinator John May said.
The city is entering phase two and focusing on neighborhoods such as Milton Street.
Demolition crews have been busy taking down a vacant home, and neighbors are happy to see it go.
“It’s a blessing we can keep it clean. We can watch it better, we can cut it better, so, yeah, we’re excited,” said Warren resident Wayne Truss.
Volunteers from the Warren Family Mission are also helping. The volunteers are clearing out a lot on West Market Street.
“The more mess there is in the city, the more problems, the more crime. Everything you have when you have broken down buildings and broken bottles and high grass. Everything you just need to make it look nice, and it keeps the trouble away,” said Pastor Chris Gigler of the Warren Family Mission.