By Amanda Ensinger
In an effort to enhance neighborhoods in the area, as well as generate revenue for the community, a local township is continuing to take possession of blighted properties.
At a recent Franklin Township meeting, the board of trustees agreed to move forward with the transfer of Central Ohio Community Improvement Corporation (COCIC) properties.
These properties were acquired by the COCIC as result of delinquent taxes, homes being abandoned or deemed blighted.
At the meeting, the board accepted four additional properties from COCIC at 1207 Hart Road, 1884 Little Ave., 1765 Marsdale Ave. and 1295 Marsdale Ave.
To date, the township has sold more than five property and has received over $112,000 for those homes.
“Some of the properties are empty pieces of land that we would like to see developed,” said trustee John Fleshman. “We would love to see new builds on these properties that would spur economic development instead of someone buying the property and using it to store junk cars.”
The township has hired a real estate agent to help with the sale of these houses and plans on reinvesting the money from the sale of the homes into the township.
“All the money raised from the sale of these houses will go into a capital improvement fund and be used for improvements in the community,” Fleshman said. “That could be used to build a community meeting place, a separate building for the police department or expanding parking at Township Hall. It won’t be used for salaries and will be reinvested in the community.”
In other news, the board discussed the upcoming National Night Out celebration and ways the community can get involved.
The township took over the annual event from the Westbrook and Eastfield Neighborhood Association in 2018 after the organization hosted the event for decades.
“We will once again be donating our time, as well as some prizes to the kids during the event as well,” said Chas Adams, assistant fire chief for the Franklin Township Fire Department. “In the past, we also have helped grill the food, donated bikes and brought the smoke house to the event.”
National Night Out will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 6 at Central Baptist Church, 1955 Frank Road.