State Funding Aides In Demolishing Putnam Avenue Building

by WHIZ Reporter on September 18, 2012 at 6:23 am

A vacant building in Zanesville was reduced to rubble Tuesday with the help of funding from Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.

DeWine was in Zanesville Tuesday afternoon and gave remarks on his Move Ohio Forward Demolition Program, along with State Senator Troy Balderson and other city officials at 1104 Putnam Avenue.

The city has received over $200,000 to assist with demolition costs.

While the money doesn’t completely solve the funding struggles some communities face, DeWine said he is optimistic that the money can help make an impact.

"We’re getting money out all around the state," said DeWine.  "For Muskingum County, I think that is a little under a half a million dollars that we were able to put in. It doesn’t deal with every problem in the county, it doesn’t deal with every home like this, but it’s going to knock a number of them down."

The Attorney General’s Office made $75-million available statewide for communities to help cover the cost of tearing down the properties.

City Building Inspector Tim Smith said that coming up with the funds to remove vacant and nuisance properties can be a struggle for the city.

"We can get to the point where we can tear them down, but being able to fund them is the next thing, so that’s why we’re so excited about this Move Ohio Forward program," said Smith.  "You don’t very often get huge chunks of money."

Smith said there are over 70 buildings on the city’s demolition list, up from 55 in March during DeWine’s last visit.