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Boardman develops plan to stabilize neighborhoods



Published: Fri, August 8, 2014 @ 10:55 p.m.

BOARDMAN

The zoning department plans to redevelop two Boardman neighborhoods as part of a broader effort to revitalize the area and stabilize some of the neighborhoods, township Zoning Inspector Sarah Gartland said.

Gartland chose to focus on redeveloping Westward Homes and the North Market Street corridor — neighborhoods she said are in need of extra help because they have high concentrations of tax delinquencies, nuisance complaints, zoning violations and vacancies.

“More than most neighborhoods in Boardman, they need help to stabilize,” Gartland said.

Westward Homes is a neighborhood between Glenwood Avenue and Market Street that includes Salinas, Ranier,

Oregon and Sierra Madre trails and has 400 properties. Most of the homes in the neighborhood were built after World War II and are mostly small,

affordable, ranch-style houses, Gartland said.

“Of all our single-family-home neighborhoods, this one has the highest concentration of rentals,” she said. “People aren’t buying there.”

Gartland said the zoning department gets a lot of nuisance complaints about properties in this area, and the area has a high number of tax delinquencies and zoning violations.

“They need some assistance in transitioning into whatever kind of neighborhood they’re becoming,” Gartland said.

Gartland’s office has developed a strategy to deal with the neighborhood, which is to conduct targeted enforcement, acquisition and demolition of properties, as well as to verify the properties that are vacant.

“Up until this point we’ve always been complaint-driven,” she said of the targeted enforcement.

Read more about the plan in Saturday's Vindicator or on Vindy.com.


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