Middletown, Hamilton Tearing Some Down
According to City Manager Doug Adkins, the NIP grant allows the demolition of blighted property in selected neighborhoods. While the bulk of the program is geared towards using expedited foreclosure to seize tax delinquent land, there is a provision that allows donations and/or purchase of blighted residential property for demolition, he said.
In a report to council, Adkins said the funds would be used to purchase property less than $25,000 in value for future demolition under the NIP program.
At its June 19 meeting, council authorized a similar amount to purchase those blighted properties. Adkins said those funds have been expended and additional funds are needed if council wishes to continue purchase of poor quality housing for demolition.
Membership in the Butler County land bank includes: the cities of Fairfield, Hamilton, Middletown, Seven Mile and Trenton as well as Fairfield, Hanover, Lemon, Liberty, Madison, Oxford, Ross, St. Clair and Wayne townships.
This article contains previous reporting by staff writer Denise G. Callahan.