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More houses likely coming down

Scott Seitz2 • Jun 1, 2014 at 10:29 PM

Norwalk city council is considering spending about $45,000 on the demolition of six blighted homes.

James Frado, city zoning officer, presented the proposal to council Tuesday.

Through Moving Ohio Forward and Neighborhood Stabilization Fund program, the city has already razed homes at 99 Benedict Ave., 140 Whittlesey Ave., 43 Norwood Ave., 60 N. Foster St., 45 W. Willard Ave., 48 Corwin St., 33 Jefferson St., 21 Woodlawn Ave. and 4 1/2 Vandercook St.

With the $45,000 in city funds, crews plan to also demolish the homes at 21 Chatham St., 41 Gallup Ave., 73 Cline St., 20 Jefferson St., 5 E. Washington St. and 29 Pitt St.

"Properties may be added or removed over the course of time," Frado said in his report.

"All demolished structures had been vacant for a period of not less than 180 days prior to submittal for demolition," Frado added.

Frado noted the concerns at each of the six residences to be razed.

21 Chatham St. -- nuisance, hazardous and structurally unsound.

41 Gallup Ave. -- nuisance, drug paraphernalia and squatters.

73 Cline St. -- blighted.

20 Jefferson St. -- blighted, nuisance.

5 E. Washington St. -- blighted, nuisance.

29 Pitt St. -- nuisance, structurally unsound.

Councilman Steve Schumm has been outspoken about demolishing these blighted homes.

Schumm said he supports the spending of $45,000 for razing.

"Yes, I do," he said. "The people I talk to say these homes are an eyesore and detract from the neighborhoods.

"The outlook from the people of the city of Norwalk is if any of these homes can be taken down, they think that's great," Schumm said.

The program is being monitored by Frado.

"James is doing an excellent job," Schumm said.

Schumm said Frado provided city officials a color-coded map indicating all the various violations throughout the city.

Schumm said the fight continues.

"We need to move ahead now to phase two and work on other buildings, too," he said.

Schumm has been vocal about commercial structures, too, including the former Eagle gas station and Waldo's bar properties on Benedict Avenue.

"Who wants all these eyesores next to them?" Schumm said.

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