Land bank razes home

LISBON

A house on Beaver Street in Lisbon was torn down on Wednesday, one of the projects through the county land bank. The two-story home, located near the parking lot to the county courthouse, was down to a one-story home in short order. By the end of the day the debris had been hauled away. (Salem News photo by Deanne Johnson)

LISBON — Another unlivable house has been taken down through the county land bank program, but this one is not in one of the usual areas.

Executive director of the land bank Robert Ritchey said the program is using a second funding source to be able to look at properties outside the target areas of East Liverpool, Wellsville and Salem.

Tad Herold, the director of economic development for the county, said the home, which had some structural integrity concerns, was torn down using the Delinquent Tax Assessment Collection Fund. Herold said there is also a property in New Waterford slated for tear down through the same program and possibly one in East Palestine if the title comes through.

In the case of the Lisbon home, Ritchey said elderly owners of the home decided to pay off the taxes and donate the house to the land bank. An asbestos check was done so any problems could be mitigated before it was torn down.

A contractor was hired and given so much time to tear down the houses on a list. The home that came down on Wednesday was one of them.

Ritchey said in this case the owners of the blue house next door have contacted the land bank about purchasing the property, which will provide them with a side yard for the house.

Those interested in the land bank program are invited to attend the next public meeting, which is being held at 10 a.m. Feb. 20 at the county commissioners’ meeting room in the courthouse.

djohnson@mojonews.com

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