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Posted on: August 30, 2022

Land Bank awarded $500K to demolish blighted structures in Springfield, Catawba

Catawba School

(SPRINGFIELD, OH, Aug. 30, 2022) – The Clark County Land Reutilization Corporation (Land Bank) has been awarded a $500,000 grant from the Ohio Building Demolition and Site Revitalization Program to demolish two dilapidated buildings in Springfield and Catawba.

“The County has a lot of underutilized properties that are currently brownfield sites,” said Clark County Land Reutilization Corporation and Clark County Community and Economic Development Executive Director Ethan Harris. “These funds will help unlock the potential of these properties and improve the communities where they reside.”

The Ohio Building Demolition and Site Revitalization Program funding will be used to demolish and green two locations in Clark County, including an abandoned food processing facility at 2110 W. Jefferson St., and the former Catawba School building at 115 S. Persimmon St. Both sites will have hazards remediated before demolition.

“The funds provide an opportunity for our county to redevelop and strengthen our community by remediating these neglected and unsafe structures,” said Clark County Commissioner and Land Bank Board Chair Melanie Flax Wilt. “We are proud to be able to accept this grant and move forward with revitalizing our area.”

The demolition projects are expected to be completed by the end of the year.

For more information on the demolition program, log on to: development.ohio.gov/community/redevelopment.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Kara Van Zant, 937-521-2173, Kvanzant@clarkcountyohio.gov

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