Ironton Continues Demolition Process

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Sixty-nine blighted structures have been demolished in Ironton since 2011 and Ironton Mayor Rich Blankenship told city council this past Thursday there is some money available to continue that process.

The Ironton Tribune reports that although the main topic of discussion at the meeting was the proposed Memorial Hall demolition, Mayor Blankenship provided all council members with a year-by-year breakdown of all structures torn down since 2011.

Many structures were torn down as a result of property owners taking advantage of the Moving Ohio Forward Demolition Grant program launched by the Ohio Attorney General's Office. Under the grant's provisions the State of Ohio reimburses the city for costs of demolitions.

In 2011 the city spent $117,600 demolishing 28 structures; $48,940 demolishing nine structures in 2012; and $58,755 on 30 structures in 2013.