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Blight remediation project begins in East Liverpool - WKBN

The city of East Liverpool is starting a new blight remediation project. Officials hope this will continue the city’s revitalization.

Demolition took place Monday morning at a house that is one of 16 abandoned homes on Erie Street. It’s also one of 450 abandoned homes in East Liverpool, according to the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation (YNDC).

A lot of work is still to be done with demolishing old homes, but officials say this is a step forward for the city.

The demolition was the start of a blight remediation and demolition project in East Liverpool. Several officials witnessed the demolition of the home on Erie Street — one of many that are expected to be torn down.

“They’re not all homes where we can just come in and foreclose on someone. We don’t want to do that, but we want to clean up the neighborhood so that the people that do want to live here have a nice place to live,” said Bryan Blakeman, treasurer for Columbiana County.

Vito Abruzzino, prosecuting attorney for Columbiana County, says they can be a threat to the community.

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