Massillon Looks to Partner With Land Bank on Blighted Homes
Land Bank Update
December 14, 2015
Massillon is looking to partner with the Stark County Land Reutilization Corporation to help tear down shoddy structures.
Some shoddy structures in the city could soon be coming down.
The city is looking to partner with the Stark County Land Reutilization Corporation, also know as the land bank, to assist in tearing down some vacant deteriorating homes.
An agreement would initiate a neighborhood program to remove homes in disrepair, including ones on blighted properties with high grass and/or asbestos.
A contract between the city and land bank was discussed Monday night during a City Council work session. Further consideration is scheduled during next week’s regular meeting.
In addition to bettering neighborhood aesthetics, the effort aims to help stabilize or improve property values of homes in proximity to those in disrepair.
The city has a wide range of homes needing attention. Some residences have been vacant for a couple of months, while others have been unoccupied and falling apart for a decade or more, according to David Maley, a city code enforcement officer.
Most homes in disrepair are on the city’s southeast side, said Maley, while the northeast side has the smallest amount of blighted units.
In many cases, homeowners have disappeared or died, or banks that assumed control through foreclosures have walked away. Property tax payments continue to be tardy over multiple years whether or not homeowners have been found, or not.
Legal and public notifications would be mandatory before any city-initiated demolishing could begin, said Maley. In addition, the city would have to acquire the properties.
The city is in the process of garnering about five homes in disrepair for eventual demolition, which could occur in early 2016, Maley said.
Source: IndeOnline.com (full article)