North Boardman residents target blighted six-plex apartment

BOARDMAN — Township officials and residents living near a six-plex apartment on Hillman Way have been trying to get the building repaired for years.

Their wait continues — with boards now gracing the building that sits amid well-kept historic homes in Boardman.

William Busch, the building’s former owner, died in July 2006, leaving no surviving relatives. The place has been controlled by the Busch’s estate administrator, the Butler Wick Trust Co., which boarded it up in May.

“We’d like to see it either sold to someone or fixed up,” said Bert Ehrenberg, president of the North Boardman Neighborhood Watch.

The building sits near the entrance to the township’s historic district filled with older, well-maintained homes. A few vacant storefronts sit in a plaza across the street.

A bad impression

Other residents living near the building, who didn’t want their names used, are concerned about the appearance of the building and the impression it gives about the neighborhood.

“It looks like a slum,” one woman said.

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