Moving Ohio Forward Program Underway

Posted on March 21, 2013

The Erie County Board of Commissioners and the Erie County Land Reutilization Corporation (The Land Bank) applied for and was awarded $472,871 from the State Attorney General's Moving Ohio Forward Demolition Program, to be used in the removal of vacant, blighted or abandoned residential structures throughout Erie County. The Grant will be administered through a partnership between the Land Bank and the Erie Regional Planning Commission. Twenty-five (25) properties have been identified in the initial phase of the Moving Ohio Forward Program. They include properties from the City of Sandusky, City of Huron, Perkins Township, Vermilion Township and Oxford Township.

Prior to any demolition activities, all properties must be surveyed for any asbestos containing material. Such materials must be removed and disposed of at a facility licensed to handle hazardous materials. With surveys complete, asbestos abatement crews will prepare all structures for demolition. If all continues to go as planned, building demolitions will begin in earnest in the next four to six weeks and continue into the summer. After the demolition of the initial 25 structures, and dependent on remaining funding, we hope to be able to continue with a second phase of the program to include an additional five to ten structures.

For information about the Moving Ohio Forward Demolition Program or the Erie County Land Bank, contact Land Bank Executive Director Scott Schell at 419-624-6894 or by e-mail at sschell@eriecounty.oh.gov