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Goal to Demolish 200 Vacant Homes in Six Months
HAMILTON, Ohio (Larry Davis) -- A local community set an ambitious goal to get rid of vacant, blighted properties and they want to do it quickly.
Nearly 200 homes could come down in Hamilton and Middletown in the next six months.
During the recent recession a lot of people lost their homes to foreclosure and as a result 2,000 vacant homes are now in the city of Hamilton. A state grant is paying for the demolition of many of these homes and it will run out in May.
Council wants to move forward with putting some of those vacant properties on the fast track to demolition.
The city of Hamilton has demolished two vacant homes next door to The New Life Mission. There are now just vacant lots where the homes once stood. Many of the vacant homes attract drug dealers. Some even are even set on fire.
Assistant Law Director Kathy Dudley says, "When you lessen the available places for crime it has a tendency to move away. It goes where it feels it can hide."
She continues to say that Hamilton is making the demolition of vacant homes a top priority. 64 have already been torn down, the goal is 200.
Wednesday night council will consider declaring them, "nuisance" properties with the next step being demolition.
The plan is not only to reduce crime but restore pride in neighborhoods that were left distressed by a tough economy.