Governor Mike DeWine has just announced a new round of the Ohio Building Demolition and Site Revitalization Program. It will provide $150 million in grants to raze dilapidated commercial and residential buildings and revitalize surrounding properties throughout the state.
Blighted, vacant or abandoned commercial and residential buildings on sites that are not brownfields are eligible for demolition. To qualify, the properties also must have been declared a nuisance, a legal status that permits access to the properties.
The Land Bank will again serve as the lead applicant for Montgomery County communities.
Each county will have access to a $500,000 set-aside, with the remaining funds to be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. ODOD’s program will pay 75% of project costs, while the Land Bank is offering to pay one-half of the required 25% match (or 12.5%). The jurisdiction will be responsible for the remaining 12.5%.
The Land Bank will accept applications through December 1, 2023. Officials plan to submit local projects to ODOD as early as possible to maximize the potential to obtain funding.
During the first three rounds of the demolition program, which began in 2022, the state awarded nearly $150 million in grants to support 3,699 projects in 87 counties.
Montgomery County communities received $10.1 million to remove and clean up 266 blighted properties.
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