Apartments will give way to houses
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
Two blighted, vacant apartment buildings will be torn down to make way for new homes as part of a project to rejuvenate Weinland Park.
"These buildings have been a source of criminal activity in the neighborhood," Franklin County Treasurer Ed Leonard told county commissioners.
The commissioners yesterday voted unanimously to accept Leonard's recommendation to erase $156,097 in unpaid property taxes by placing the properties, for a few seconds at least, into the county's land bank.
Commissioners immediately then gave the buildings, at 1407 and 1415 N. 4th St., to Campus Partners, a nonprofit group that works to redevelop the area near Ohio State University. It will spend $409,000 to strip away asbestos and raze the 26 units.
The group is to build at least three $120,000 homes on the site, said Leonard, who helped put together the deal with the Affordable Housing Trust for Columbus and Franklin County.
The new homes will "be a cornerstone" of the neighborhood's redevelopment, said Steven D. Gladman, housing trust president.