October 28, 2022 (COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted today announced that 825 blighted and vacant structures in 30 counties will be demolished to clear the way for new economic development.
The demolition projects will be funded as part of Governor DeWine’s Ohio Building Demolition and Site Revitalization Program, which was developed to help local communities tear down dilapidated commercial and residential buildings and revitalize surrounding properties to attract investments, businesses, and jobs.
“There are sites all over Ohio that are perfect for redevelopment, but the cost to demolish the crumbling structures on these properties is standing in the way of new economic opportunities. By helping to clear out this blight, we’re investing in the future of our citizens and our communities.”
Lt. Governor Husted
“With these grants, we’re giving communities the resources they need to help clean up and revitalize sites to remove eyesores and attract new business,”
The demolition projects announced today will be funded with the Ohio Building Demolition and Site Revitalization Program set-aside grants announced for each county in July. Fifteen counties will also receive additional program funding totaling $22.6 million to cover demolition expenses in excess of the initial set-aside grants.
In total, the Ohio Building Demolition and Site Revitalization Program will award approximately $150 million in grants for demolition and revitalization projects across the state. Additional details on demolition projects in counties not represented in today’s announcement will be announced in the coming weeks.