By Kalea Hall
Boardman Township trustees Friday approved two demolition companies to tear down six condemned homes.
All Demolition and Co. of Poland will knock down the homes at 78 Homestead Drive, 1769 Halbert St., 31 Shields Road, 4055 Tippe- canoe Road and 1699 Nova Lane for the total cost of $16,000.
C Crump Excavating of Hubbard will tear down a home at 5022 Southern Blvd. for $3,725.
Funding from Attorney General Mike DeWine’s Moving Ohio Forward Demolition Grant will be used to demolish the homes.
“We are knocking down everything condemnable that we can get,” said Sarah Gartland, township zoning inspector.
Gartland said the township usually knocks down only one or two houses a year, but thanks to the $100,000 grant received, the township will tear down an estimated 18 homes. The township does have to match the funds from the grant. Approximately $140,000 is expected to be spent on demolition.
“This is huge for us,” Gartland said.
The board considered asking for extension or a redistribution of any grant funds left over, since these have to be used by this year. “I think this has to be a program that we sustain and maintain,” said Trustee Larry Moliterno.
Also at the meeting, the trustees were congratulated by Police Chief Jack Nichols for getting the Terrace Motel torn down. Boardman police frequently responded to calls at the motel which was known for drug deals and other crime. The motel was demolished by Pro Quality Land Development Inc. of Campbell in July for $24, 860. The funds from a $75,000 grant from the Community Development Block Grant program were used for the demolition.
“It took 10 years, but it really is a big step for the community,” Nichols said.