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Vacant house demolition to begin in Fremont

Crews will soon begin demolition of 16 vacant Sandusky County properties to remove distressed houses throughout the area.

The project is funded by a $750,000 Neighborhood Initiative Program (NIP) grant awarded to the Sandusky County Land Reutilization Corporation by the Ohio Housing Finance Agency’s Hardest Hit Fund. The project is specifically for acquisition and demolition of vacant, dilapidated properties whose owners are delinquent on taxes, and targets areas including central and west Fremont; central Clyde; west Bellevue; Village of Gibsonburg, Madison Street thoroughfare; Wightmans Grove; Village of Burgoon, Douglas and George Street corridor; and Vickery.

So far, the Landbank Board identified 16 properties to be demolished, and is in the process of identifying and securing more properties for demolition. Of the 16 properties slated for removal, four have tested positive for asbestos, which will be abated prior to being razed.

WSOS Community Action Commission is administering the demolition portion of the grant, and has sought and awarded bids to all contractors involved in demolition.

Demolition will begin on Sept. 15 on a Cook Street property in Fremont, with Garza Dirt Works as the contractor.

Once the houses are razed, the county must hold and maintain properties for a minimum of three years before selling.

However, the county may transfer any of the properties prior to the three-year period if the transfer is based on one of four conditions that include transference of a property to an adjoining property owner; to a political subdivision for community use such as a recreation area; to a non-profit for housing development for community benefit; or to a business or residential development.