By Branden Ferguson, Multimedia Video Journalist - bio | email
Lima Ohio -
The owners of the home at 333 Calumet St. were tax delinquent in 2006, and abandoned their home in 2008. On Friday, the blighted home was demolished thanks to state funding.
Nearby neighbor, Gary Frueh, grew up just down the road and now lives catty corner to the dilapidated home, and has seen the house deteriorate over the years. The Frueh's are happy to see the home go.
Senator Rob Portman discussed the Neighborhood Safety Act, recently introduced legislation that would allow municipalities and land banks to get additional funds to demolish vacant structures. The cost to demolish a dilapidated home averages $5,000 but can run up to $10,000. With more than one thousand vacant homes in Lima, Mayor Berger says they can't tear down all of the homes right now, but have started to make a difference.
The Neighborhood Safety Act is currently waiting on a committee hearing, and Senator Portman hopes to get the issue to the floor or passed as an amendment.