Warren enforcement blitz racks up citations, demolitions

The code enforcement blitz in Warren, Ohio is working to cleanup blight.

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – City leaders in Warren started a program in September to clean up the city. A code enforcement blitz was implemented targeting commercial structures and so far several citations have been issued.

A total of 38 citations were issued to the owners of several buildings, and 90 percent of those issues were corrected.

The latest step is the demolition of the former Garden Place Apartment which grown into an abandoned eyesore. The structure has sat vacant for several years after it was condemned by the health department.

“We’ve struggled to try to get this property down because of the switch in ownership. The property owner lived in California, so it’s been quite a challenge,” said Warren Mayor Doug Franklin.

The building is coming down now at a discounted price thanks to Priority Excavation Services and their EPA-approved debris removal process.

“We take all the wood from the structure that is not painted or treated and we mass reduce it into ash,” said Dante Massucci, construction manager. “We can take that ash and use it for agricultural purposes.”

Burning the wood reduces landfill costs, bringing project total to $18,200, which is roughly $10,000 less than standard demolition.

“One building at a time; one house, one street. The mayor, this administration, the council are doing a good job. We are cleaning up the city,” said Councilman Larry Larson, 1st Ward.

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