New money will help fight blight in Cuyahoga County (WOIO)

Millions of our tax dollars are about to be funneled into cleaning up neighborhoods in Cuyahoga County. County Executive Armond Budish wants to remove 619 structures in 20 communities countywide. 

Just take a right or left turn in Cuyahoga County and you will run into a vacant or abandoned property. There are thousands of them. So Cuyahoga County has decided to toss in $10 million to remove a small slice of the vacant property pie. 

“I think the first round alone will clean out something like 10 percent of the blighted houses in our region, which is a big step forward,” said Budish.

“This first round of demolition will remove over 600 blighted, vacant and abandoned structures across the county, providing needed relief to our communities,” added Cuyahoga County Council President Dan Brady. “I’d like to thank the county executive and the county land bank for their support in making this program a reality, and I look forward to continuing the momentum that has already begun.”

Community Award Recommendation Total Structures
Bedford $425,000 8
Bedford Heights $405,000 10
Berea $300,000 3
Brook Park $380,000 38
Cleveland $992,240 73
Cleveland Heights $556,000 49
East Cleveland $1,000,000 107
Euclid $1,000,000 23
Garfield Heights $930,000 92
Lakewood $200,000 2
Maple Heights $908,000 89
Newburgh Heights $525,000 16
Oakwood $204,000 12
Olmsted Falls $25,000 1
Parma $116,400 8
Richmond Heights $100,000 3
Rocky River $304,250 4
Shaker Heights $885,000 20
South Euclid $400,000 40
Warrensville Heights $389,500 21

Warrensville Heights Mayor Brad Sellers, who attended the announcement in downtown Cleveland, believes the money is a valuable assist from the county.

“After the housing crisis, there was a lot of blight left around the neighborhoods that brought down property values, which has had a direct financial impact of just about everyone in the community,” said Sellers.

Additional money to tear down more properties is coming soon, but each city must meet a May 1 deadline to apply. 

The county hopes after the removal of the blight, developers will move in to help create stronger neighborhoods. 

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