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Warren demos 100th home with state funding

WARREN, Ohio -The city of Warren reaches a milestone, as it tries to rid neighborhood blight.

The city demolished its 100th home Tuesday. One of the condemned homes on Columbia Place Southwest was ripped down. The city is spending the remainder of its $1.3 million in state funding for home demolitions, through May of this year.

"We still have a lot of work to do, there's probably over 200 more structures we want to get down," Doug Franklin says, Warren mayor.

About 50 more homes will be demolished using the state funding, but Mayor Franklin says he's waiting to hear if more money will become available through the state.

"We will be aggressively pursuing the Hardest Hit Fund, which is a new pot of money, we're going to go after that will all our resources to make sure we get use of it," Franklin says.

Senator Rob Portman toured a Warren neighborhood in August and shared how he, along with other lawmakers, were working to help Ohio cities tear down vacant and condemned homes. 

Portman introduced the Neighborhood Safety Act, which would allow money allocated to the state's Hardest Hit Fund to be used for blight demolitions.

According to Portman's office in August, Ohio had nearly 100,000 vacant properties awaiting demolition.
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