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City targets more properties for cleanup or removal

The first buildings that the city of Columbus has ordered cleaned up or demolished are just the tip of the iceberg.

The city has ordered nine buildings dealt with this summer said Mayor Kristen Brown.

"The nine properties we are dealing with right now are the subject of the most vociferous complaints in the city," Brown said. "From here, we have identified 11 other properties that need to be condemned and we will be doing that and ordering the demolition of those properties as well, in the next couple of weeks."

Clark Greiner, the city's code enforcement official, said that the next 11 properties have been heavily damaged in fires, but have yet to be demolished.

More than 40 others are being evaluated, Brown said.

Based on property owners responses so far, or lack of responses, city officials expect that the city will have to demolish six of the first nine buildings at a cost of about $15,000 each, Brown said. The costs to the city will be added as a lien to the property's title, she said.

The first nine include seven commercial buildings and two houses, she said. The majority are in the East Columbus neighborhood.

On Tuesday, Columbus City Council approved $200,000 for the demolitions.
Last Updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014 11:04:52 AM

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