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DeWine Announces Community Development Program

1/21/2022

Governor DeWine Announces Launch of Demolition Program to Clean Up Blight in Ohio Communities

(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted today announced the launch of a new grant program to help revitalize local communities through the demolition of blighted and vacant buildings.

The new Ohio Building Demolition and Site Revitalization Program will provide nearly $150 million in grants to raze dilapidated commercial and residential buildings and revitalize surrounding properties.

The program is part of the DeWine-Husted Administration's strategic efforts to invest in Ohio's future.

“There are dangerous, blighted buildings all over Ohio that are nothing more than eyesores that restrict new development," said Governor DeWine. "We want our local communities to  thrive, and through this new grant program, we will help all 88 counties tear down dilapidated structures to make room for future growth."

The Building Demolition and Site Revitalization Program was created with the support of the Ohio General Assembly, which funded the program as part of the 2021 state biennium budget bill, House Bill 110. The program is administered by the Ohio Department of Development. 

"We’re attracting companies to Ohio because of our low taxes and excellent business climate, but they need sites to set up shop," said Lt. Governor Husted. "Remediating these properties turns the blight into new opportunities to attract investment, business, and jobs."