The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office announced it has committed approximately $5 million and the Cuyahoga Land Bank another $6.8 million toward the demolition of blighted and other nuisance properties in Cuyahoga County. Attorney General Mike DeWine’s Office is matching this total by making $11.8 million available to the Cuyahoga Land Bank.
Prosecutor Bill Mason said that of the money coming from his office, $1 million will go to the city of Cleveland, $1 million will go to the city of East Cleveland and another $1 million to surrounding suburbs with the greatest need.
Officials are optimistic that a major dent can be made in removing residential and commercial structures that are in need of demolition. The Cuyahoga Land Bank is estimating that over 25,000 structures county-wide need to be demolished.