LORAIN, OH (WOIO) - Lorain County has been awarded $3 million from a state agency to tear down 135 vacant homes. Out of that group, 106 will be in the city of
"These vacant and abandoned structures, they invite vagrants, they invite crime, they invite arson. They drop property value on the entire street," said Lorain Mayor Chase Ritenauer.
According to inspections completed two years ago, the homes are unfixable. The structures earned D or F grades, meaning some are missing roofs, porches or pipes.
Shawna Cheromiah just purchased a home across the street from one of the soon-to-be-demolished homes.
"It makes me proud to be able to have a house here that they are cleaning things up," said Cheromiah.
This is the second round of money the city of Lorain has received to tear down vacant homes. Just a couple of years ago the city took down 150.
Mayor Ritenauer estimates that this round of wrecking ball demolition will rid the city of about 70 to 75 percent of its vacant homes.
"We're at a point that I think we can turn the corner. If we can knock down all of our D and F vacant and abandoned properties, it would be transformational for the city and the neighborhoods," Mayor Ritenauer said.
Part of the push is not just to get rid of dangerous properties, but to protect the people who have made investments in their homes. An empty lot does not have near the impact on property values that a vacant home does.
"It's a lot safer for the kids around here, too," added Cheromiah.