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Austintown Township targets blighted homes

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AUSTINTOWN TWP., Ohio - Demolition crews will be taking down abandoned and neglected houses, in Austintown this summer.

Township Zoning Inspector Darren Crivelli tells 21 News that trustees want  to  remove blighted structures that have been left vacant.

Crivelli says  copper pipe has been stolen from some buildings. Others have been the  targets of vandals

 Houses on the list are located along main roads and others are in quiet well maintained neighborhoods.

 Residents like Pat Emborsky say abandoned and un maintained houses affect property values.

"I'm really glad the township is finally has finally gotten around to taking care of it." said Emborsky.

 Joe Vitullo, who has been living next door to a vacant property that is virtually falling apart, says "It's about time.  It's been standing without renters without anybody in there for years."

The township is moving forward with demolitions thanks to funding from the state attorney general.

Township officials say  they've taken down eight houses, have bids out to demolish five more, and are notifying four other owners that they must bring their property up to standard.

After demolition, the lots will be graded, seeded and turned into green space.

It's hoped that people will be able to acquire the property with the assistance of the Mahoning County  land bank.

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