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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.


Comments

1joebag09(252 comments)posted 2 months, 1 week ago

I don't live in these specific areas, but they better work quick! When I moved to Boardman, I thought I was moving to a nice area, which it is, BUT, do to housing market, jobs and the increase in section "8" housing, property values are plummeting, yet taxes are going up. Nothing is happening to preserve my "piece of the pie!"

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2HSG(130 comments)posted 2 months, 1 week ago

What is to be done?

The clock cannot be turned back, to say, 1960, or 1970, when Boardman was an ascendant community and highly desirable place to live.

1-Market Street no longer carries the traffic it once did, perhaps even just 5-10 years ago. The large stores and retail outlets are largely accessed by South Avenue, not Market Street. The small retail-oriented shops that thrived during the '70's and 80's are largely empty or struggling. Dunkin Donuts closed reportedly due to no drive-thru, and the Sparkle MArket, closed for 1 year now, is empty and shall remain so for the foreseeable future.

Given the number of shoppers accessing Walmart, Aldi, Rulli Brothers, Giant Eagle and Marc's via South Avenue, the "North Market corridor" seems doomed to a future of low traffic and fewer choices.

2-If the township really wants to do something positive, it ought to move to CLOSE the TWO flea bag motels that do nothing except provide physical eyesores and housing for drug-related activity. Nuisance barely begins to describe the profile of these two dumps in the community.

3-the area around Stadium Drive School contains housing that is basically obsolete by 21st century standards. Basementless 2 bedroom ranches were needed in 1955, but not so much these days. The efforts to enforce zoning, etc are important but will be an on-going struggle. Razing houses in Boardman, over the next ten years or so, will become an issue as serious as it in in YTown right now.

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