The city of Zanesville has demolished 42 houses during the first phase of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program. That’s the largest number of any city around the area.
With that completed, it’s teaming with Muskingum County and the Ohio Regional Development Corporation to gear up for phase two.
"By summertime, we will start to purchase houses and start to build, " says Dale Harris of the Ohio Regional Development Corporation.
Hartle says its a program desperately needed in Ohio, especially following harsh economic times.
"It will help put people back to work doing reconstruction. It will also help with the foreclosure market, and I guess the third area would be to help families get homes, " says Hartle.
The Neighborhood Stabilization Program is funded by federal stimulus funds. The Ohio Regional Development Corporation is distributing more than 24 million dollars to 33 counties across the state to help boost the housing market.