Are abandoned homes costing you money?

By Dan Wells – bio | email

CINCINNATI (FOX19) – Abandoned homes are unsafe and a big nuisance to any neighborhood.

Sadly, the City of Cincinnati is dealing with more blighted buildings now than it has in a decade.

"That thing needs to be torn down, it's been an eyesore for the past year and a half," says local resident Harold Hignite.

The Cincinnati Department of Community Development has heard those cries for action.

"We've seen an increase in the number of demolitions that we are doing as well as the demand for demolition," says Ed Cunningham, Cincinnati Community Development Manager.

From Price Hill and Avondale to Northside, blight is all over the Queen City.

"There is a lot of property out here that is abandoned and vacant they really need to do something about this," says area resident Abdul Allateef.

City officials agree saying these nuisance properties attract crime, are unsafe for firefighters and drag down home values.

"Next year in 2010 we're looking in the neighborhood of 125-140 more buildings that are condemned and blighting neighborhoods," says Cunningham.

Cincinnati Community Development Manager Ed Cunningham blames the problem on the lasting foreclosure crisis and the cost for you in recent years has ballooned into to the use of millions of tax payer dollars.

"At least the money is going to a good cause," says Allateef.

City officials fear the problem will continue so the department has added an extra hearing each month to figure out what homes need to be razed next.

Finally, if you're wondering each demolition costs about ten thousand dollars.

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