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Board to consider demolishing derelict homes

Columbus city officials will consider getting rid of 12 more derelict and dangerous homes in the city.

The Board of Public Works and Safety will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. tonight in Columbus City Hall Council chambers.

Mayor Kristen Brown said this is the second batch of blighted homes the city is going after.

"This is part of our bigger efforts to improve our neighborhoods and remove unsafe structures and blighted structures," Brown said. "All of these buildings are not just vacant and abandoned but they are structurally unsafe. We are ordering their condemnation and expecting that they be demolished."

The affected  property owners have been invited to attend tonight's meeting, to make their case on why their properties should not be ordered to be demolished, Brown said.

"They may appeal to the board and say that the buildings are repairable or they may give us a plan to take down the buildings themselves," Brown said. "If the propety owner doesn't cure the problem and demolish it themselves, eventually we have to step in and do that ourselves, but we will recoup that cost by coming in and putting a lien on the property."

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 7:41:33 AM

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