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Mahoning County gets $76K in unused state demo funds

Published: Tue, February 4, 2014 @ 5:51 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — The Ohio attorney general’s office is providing $3.8 million left from a $75 million demolition program to counties in Ohio for residential demolition.

Mahoning County will get $76,504 from the program. The county received $1,531,680 in 2012 from the program with most of it going to Youngstown.

Trumbull County will get $63,468 from the leftover money. It received $1,275,797 from the first round of funding.

Columbiana County will receive $27,823 this time and received $576,119 two years ago.

The original AG program required counties to match any money exceeding $500,000. Several counties didn’t apply for their full allocation leaving $3.8 million in unrequested funds.

There is no match requirement for the $3.8 million. Each county, except Warren County, which didn’t want additional money, will receive at least $7,800 to demolish at least one more blighted structure.

Counties have until May 31 to use the first round of funding. A decision on unused funds will be made after that time, according to the attorney general’s office.


1allany2525(13 comments)posted 10 months, 3 weeks ago

LanaceK - the number one reason for vacant, blighted buildings is not enough population to put IN them.

This is not a matter of policy - it's called massive population loss!

Local government cannot be expected to maintain every vacant property when so many have walked away and left the area.

Youngstown went from almost 130,000 people to about 60,000 today. Cannot expect city or county government to take care of vacant properties

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2UticaShale(854 comments)posted 10 months, 3 weeks ago

The answer to demolition is DECONSTRUCTION. The City's unqualified Planner is D'Avignon and he was on the right track several years ago when he came up with the idea of deconstruction. Of course as bureacrats do, he got a grant and hired this college kid for around 35,000. Obviously as we all are beginning to find out, bureacrats can't run businesses so failure ensued. Deconstruction is a good idea but for free enterprise.
Actually the DEMO contractors deconstruct albeit on what is easily removable with value. What is needed is for the JFS (welfare works program)labor to be placed in the hands of free enterprise and the demo structures deconstructed manually with the balance completed by the demo contractors. American Chestnut the most valuable reclaimed wood today was indigenous and is in these YTown homes. With the abundance of vacant land in the City, the lumber can be stockpiled and shipped for construction. Google reclaimed lumber, it demands a higher value and is environmental.

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3UticaShale(854 comments)posted 10 months, 3 weeks ago

Supplement: The City required a garage to be demoed, we could have brought in the backhoe, instead we brought in a dumptruck, Iron Soup WEP State workers working for their WELFARE and deconstructed the garage. The Lumber salvaged is Four hemlock 2 "X 18" X 20' and 8" American Chestnut siding 3/4" in various lengths. Try to buy this at Home Depot?

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4UticaShale(854 comments)posted 10 months, 3 weeks ago

Supplement II: Stambaugh Auditorium a few months ago tore out the historic 10,000 sq.ft. ballroom maple flooring, 3/4"X1.5" cut in 4'X8" sheets. Desalvo Contractors wanted the floor salvaged, so they called us up to pick up the floor. Star Supply wanted it all but was too late. The floor is now used as wainscoting, hardwood floor and furniture tops and that is just the beginning.
YUKTOWN needs to start getting smarter or crap, import the brains that drained. "Smart is to be smart enough to know that you don't know." Hire qualified leaders.

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