Newark announces Sidewalk Replacement Program

November 28, 2018 by  

Officials in Newark recently announced that the city’s Development Department will oversee a Sidewalk Replacement Program designed to help homeowners in the low-to-moderate income range, and the landlords who supply housing to them.

Newark has an ordinance that makes property owners responsible for the upkeep of sidewalks. The program is designed to assist those landlords and homeowners who are not well off, and who may be in violation of the ordinance, to obtain the assistance they need to meet the requirements of the ordinance. Funding for the program will come from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program.

In order to be eligible for consideration, the projects must be either rental properties, or homes occupied by their owners. Mobile homes do not qualify, unless the person who owns the mobile home also owns the land beneath it, it is on a permanent foundation, or the mobile home has a title that defines it as real estate. In order to be considered, households must have a total income at, or less than, 80% of the median income in the Columbus area. Officials dealing with complex issues like this can use flyer printing to keep residents informed.

The Department of Development staff will verify applicants’ income levels, and will also inspect the property to determine its condition. The city will make a concerted effort to inspect the property within three days of the application’s approval.