City Manager Brian Humphress said "nobody's ever happy" when a potential landmark has to be razed.
But the city faces the following reality: It has received money from the state's Moving Ohio Forward program to take down dilapidated houses. If it doesn't demolish a city-owned 150-year-old home now, when the free money is available, city officials could be forced to dip into their capital improvements fund to fix problems to a home that already is "not in good usable shape," Humphress said.
Humphress said the grant expires shortly. "It's either do it now or not do it at all," he said. "Everyone in the county has wanted this (Moving Ohio Forward) money."
The city bought the home a few years ago with the help of a $350,000 grant. The main idea was to acquire the land to add to the city's park system. While the property at the time was in worse shape than city officials thought, they believed they could use the home for short-term group meetings and police and fire practice sessions.
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