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Belmont County officials moving forward with land grant

Updated: Friday, July 18 2014, 06:33 PM EDT
BELMONT COUNTY, Ohio -- After years of planning, officials are moving forward with the county land bank.
It’s meant to clean up the many blighted buildings and properties throughout the county.
"They attract rodents, and they make the neighbors look terrible," Belmont County Commissioner Ginny Favede  said.
The land bank will allow the county to acquire dilapidated properties and clean them all up so that they will be able to put it back on the market for re-sale.
"As we demo the properties and then sell them back into the hands of taxpaying citizens, we can utilize those profits in different aspects,” Favede  said. “This money is primarily for residences, but when we make a profit, we can utilize it for the economic development aspect for commercial properties."
Favede says they are applying for the first $500,000 grant, and they will be able to apply for the grant every year.
"There are a lot of them,” she said. “This is something that we will be doing for a long period of time, but it’s a start."
The grant requires the county to own 20 of the buildings by March. The application is due by July 31.

Belmont County officials moving forward with land grant

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