Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted last week announced that 2,277 blighted and vacant structures in 42 counties will be demolished to pave the way for new economic development and housing opportunities across the state.
The buildings will be razed as part of Governor DeWine’s Ohio Building Demolition and Site Revitalization Program. The DeWine-Husted Administration created the program to help local communities demolish dilapidated commercial and residential buildings and revitalize surrounding properties to attract investments, businesses, and jobs.
“We’re not just tearing down dilapidated buildings, we’re helping to make communities across the state better places to start a business, raise a family, and build a bright future,” said Governor DeWine. “This isn’t just a win for 42 counties, it’s a win for all of Ohio.”
The addresses slated for demolition in Adams County are:
- 414 West 6th Street Manchester Ohio 45144
- 200 4th Street Manchester Ohio 45144
- 619 East 2nd Street Manchester Ohio 45144
- Jack Roush Wy Manchester Ohio 45144
- 221 East 2nd Street Manchester Ohio 45144
- 179 Elm Street Peebles Ohio 45660
- 175 & 179 4th Avenue Peebles Ohio 45660
- 40 Olive Street Peebles Ohio 45660
- 40 Broadway Street Seaman Ohio 45679
- 3359 State Route 125 West Union Ohio 45693
- 233 Hafer Road West Union Ohio 45693
- 619 East 2nd Street Winchester Ohio 45697
- 4651 Eckmansville Road Winchester Ohio 45697
“This funding is helping our communities transform forgotten properties into productive spaces that can once again play an important role in growing our economy,” said Lt. Governor Jon Husted.
State Representative Brian Baldridge (R-Winchester) supports the delegation of $337,159 in funding coming to Adams County through the Ohio Demolition and Site Revitalization Program. The program is funded through House Bill 110, the state operating budget, which passed last year with Baldridge’s support in the Ohio House and will fund the demolition of commercial and residential buildings that are in need of repairs.
“This is a unique investment opportunity that the General Assembly took in an effort to bring economic growth to our communities,” Baldridge said. “This funding will help Adams County revitalize their properties through these development projects.”
“Looking at the plans that some of our communities have for these sites, it’s clear there are numerous opportunities for growth,” said Lydia Mihalik, director of the Ohio Department of Development. “Removing this blight has the potential to increase property values and revitalize local housing markets in addition to removing safety hazards and opening doors for more businesses to set up shop throughout the state.”
The money was sought on behalf of Adams County by the Board of County Commissioners.