Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

MORPC almost ready to hear demolition bids for first eight house

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) completed the environmental review for eight blighted structures in Franklin County, which were approved to be torn down in November.

In an effort to help townships remove nuisance properties, the Franklin County commissioners allocated $350,000 for the removal of 17 structures throughout the county last year.

The project is funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

According to Kathy Werkmeister, director of housing and community services at MORPC, once asbestos is abated they can  bid out the demolition.

“Its hard to say when the first house will come down, but wed like to get the first eight houses down in the next few months, Werkmesiter said, adding they will bid them in groups.

Seven of the 17 townships in Franklin County submitted homes in the first round in October, including Franklin, Mifflin, Madison, Hamilton, Norwich, Clinton and Sharon townships.

Franklin Township submitted a residence on Marsdale Avenue, which was approved to be demolished. The township submitted an additional home on Dover Road for the second round.

According to Marty Homan, public affairs officer for Franklin County, the commission received applications for 10 properties during the second round – three from Clinton Township, three from Mifflin Township, three from Madison Township and one from Franklin Township.

Those 10 applications will be reviewed in January for approval, Homan said. The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency will conduct the environmental reviews for round two.

Homan said there is a chance for a third round, depending on the final bid amounts for the first two bundles.

In anticipation for a third round, Franklin Township officials are searching for eligible structures in its community.

Applicable properties must pose a health risk, lack structural integrity and have secured approval for demolition through the court system.

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