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Commissioners to send $650K to land bank - The Vindicator

The Mahoning County commissioners have agreed to give $650,000 to the Mahoning County Land Bank to carry out demolitions of about 320 vacant, abandoned homes in Campbell and other communities outside of Youngstown.

“Outside of Youngstown, local governments have reported to us about 320 addresses, houses that are vacant, abandoned, more than likely significantly tax delinquent, and they are in bad repair that it’s the recommendation of the local governments that they be torn down,” said Debora Flora, executive director of the Mahoning County Land Bank.

Of the 320, 178 are in Campbell, Flora said.

The commissioners have not appropriated the money yet, but they will be doing so in the coming months, County Administrator Audrey Tillis said. The money will come from American Recovery Plan funds, Tillis said.

First, the Land Bank will apply for about $2 million of demolition funds from the Ohio Department of Development, Flora said. The $650,000 is the matching money that must be used as part of the funding for the demolitions.

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