Cincinnati plans major demolitions in 2014

January 9, 2014 by  

In a bid to improve neighborhoods, Cincinnati is planning to demolish a total of 240 condemned buildings this year.

The city has the backing of the state attorney general, Mike DeWine, in its effort to get rid of these eyesores. In 2013, under the ‘Moving Ohio Forward’ effort backed by the AG, Cincinnati demolished 298 buildings. This year, that number will decrease slightly, with approximately $7m earmarked for the effort. However, the 240 figure is substantially larger than the average for the city, which usually takes down about 70 buildings annually. The larger campaign took teamwork on the part of many city departments.

The buildings are being torn down to support reinvestment, but the process is not an easy one. Before it can tear down a structure, the city has to inspect the building, take enforcement action against it, condemn it, place it on a list ranking demolitions, check the title; hold public hearings, and have it checked for asbestos. There are a number of contracts going out for the work, nearly 72% of which will go to small businesses.

The city hopes that by getting rid of damaged, abandoned, and unsafe buildings, it can raise property values, improve neighborhood pride and morale, improve the general quality of life in the city, and make living in Cincinnati safer.

City officials could work with brochure printers to create a mailer, listing the properties that will soon be vacant and inviting retailers and businesses to consider locating there.