The city of Columbus plans to tear down three homes under its blight-elimination program. ... The city plans to use funding administered by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority to pay for demolition, which is expected to occur in the next several months, said Robin Hilber, ...
Columbus has identified four additional homes to be torn down this year under the city’s blight-elimination program.
The four homes targeted for demolition are at 834 Werner St., 705 Werner St., 824 Eighth St. and 1313 Ninth St.
The city is working with three of the property owners to obtain documentation needed in order to transfer the deed on the parcels to the Southern Indiana Housing and Community Development Corp., said Robin Hilber, community development programs coordinator.
The city has approved paying $30,500 to demolish three Columbus houses, the first to be torn down through a blight-elimination program supported by state grants.
The demolitions are part of the Indiana Blight Elimination Program, which awarded the city $760,000 in August 2014 to purchase homes deemed necessary to demolish.
The program is unique in that the city uses grant funds to pay the homeowner a nominal amount for the value of the home while allowing the city to retain ownership of the land, said Robin Hilber, programs coordinator for the city’s community development department.
The city is scheduling three more Columbus homes for demolition after their owners agreed to participate in a blight-elimination program.
Structures at 506 Smith St., 48 S. Hinman St. and 300 S. Beatty St. in Columbus are the latest to be scheduled for demolition in the coming months, said Robin S. Hilber, Columbus Community Development programs coordinator.
The city has awarded contracts for demolition of three other structures next week, the first three approved for the blight-elimination program since Mayor Jim Lienhoop took office.
Those homes being demolished are at 2020 Sixth St., 1468 Union St. and 1462 California St., Hilber said.
Funding for the demolitions is being provided by a $760,000 grant the city received in August 2014 through the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority to be used to acquire and demolish blighted homes and prepare the lots for future construction.