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Youngstown approves an additional $250,000 for demolition

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio- The city of Youngstown has torn down approximately 502 vacant houses in the past six months.

There are about 23 to 30 more slated for demolition.

Wednesday night Youngstown City Council approved another $250,000 to continue the demolitions.

The money came from a $590,000 check that the city received from the Ohio Bureau of Worker's Compensation.

Youngstown's road division tears down around 10 vacant houses a week.

Chief of Staff Demaine Kitchen says the money has already been spent to tear down additional vacant homes.

"The 60-million the state will receive will be divided up amongst about 17 communities that have land banks. Not everybody will apply but we will be one of those communities that will apply." Kitchen said.

Some homeowners around the valley say they are happy about the demolition.

"The combination of more demolition and stronger code enforcement is helping us clean up our neighborhoods." One homeowner said.

Youngstown says they have enough structures to continue demolition for the next 5 to 10 years.

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