Update on Demolition Grant

by Kelly Choate on May 10, 2012 at 6:24 am

Muskingum County and the city of Zanesville have been allocated $445,000 as part of a grant that could help tear down abandoned and vacant homes.

On Thursday Community Development Director Sheila Samson provided the commissioners with an update on the grant, which is part of the $75 million Ohio received after the federal government announced in February a $25 billion settlement with five banks involved in foreclosure fraud nationwide.

"There will be a committee put together, the land banking board, and we’ll just have to gather our list of inventory for those properties, which will be chosen by the board," said Samson.

Samson said the cost to tear down a residential property is about $7,500, but that number can vary based on environmental hazards.

"It’s very important to take care of those structures, because there’s a high rate of crime, vandalism, fires and any missing person can be found in those structures," said Samson.

The deadline to apply for the grant is June 30th.