The Mahoning County Land Bank, Youngstown, Ohio, celebrated its 600th home demolition May 11 in Sebring, Ohio, a report by The Business Journal says. The organization’s 600th demolition is an abandoned blighted house in Sebring.
Debora Flora, executive director at the land bank, says in the report the organization chose Sebring as the milestone’s site because of the major impact housing demolition has on the area. The land bank has identified and budgeted 15 demolitions in the small town.
The land bank employed local contractors and landscapers to work on the demolitions, the report says. Weyer Excavating of Alliance, Ohio, will be demolishing the buildings while Turf to Trees of Ohio, Sebring, will work on the landscaping.
The Mahoning County Land Bank has demolitions scheduled this month in Sebring, North Benton, Washingtonville, Youngstown, Milton township, Beaver township and Smith township. It has been demolishing blighted homes since 2015 as part of a program to bring relief to residents and village leaders forced to care for abandoned houses and lots because of the owners’ lack of action.