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City of Dayton Working Hard to Tear Down Vacant Homes
DAYTON -- The City of Dayton has been working hard to remove more than 600 empty structures.
The city removed six vacant homes on North Garland Avenue in just two blocks, but that's just a drop in the bucket compared to the hundreds the city has torn down just this year.
"We've removed about 10 percent of the structures that we believe are nuisances throughout the city."
Kevin Powell is proud of the number of vacant structures that are gone.
Just this year, crews tore down 617 of the estimated 6,500.
"Pretty significant number, that a little more than triples the number we had before," said Powell.
"Oh wow, that's amazing," said Joseff Schmidt, a Dayton resident.
It's all thanks to $5.2 million of "Moving Ohio Forward" funds.
"It's the highest number of units we've ever done," said Powell. "So it's a pretty big step into what is going to be a long-term solution to the problem that plagues the city's neighborhoods."
Vacant homes have been plaguing the city since the recession hit in 2008.
But the city's solution is making neighbors happy.
"Makes me more comfortable so now that they're not vacant and not there to be destroyed and people running through it so it makes it more, more safe, pretty much," said Schmidt.
And the eyesores may continue to disappear if the city is awarded millions more next year through the county landbank.
"Another $7 million just gets us approximately another 10 percent into our goal of eliminating all this blight," said Powell.
Another 10 percent that neighbors say could make a world of a difference.
"It's going to make the City of Dayton a lot nicer and and make it look a lot better out here," said Schmidt.
The city won't know if they'll be getting the $7 million until the beginning of next year.
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