Boardman hopes to turn empty lots into green spaces

Boardman Township hopes to transform neglected properties to green spaces

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – People living in Boardman got the chance to learn more about the township’s land bank program on Tuesday night.

The program started in 2012 and since that time, the township has acquired 14 properties so far. These were homes or buildings that were either abandoned, neglected, or delinquent in their property taxes.

The hope is to turn many of the lots into green spaces.

“Some of our lots are in neighborhoods that are tight with small lot sizes. We would like them to stay green as a side yard or additional space as a lot for a garden,” said Boardman Zoning Inspector Sarah Gartland.

All of the lots acquired in the land bank program have been rezoned so only a single family home can be built there.

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