More houses likely coming down

Norwalk razing blighted homes.
Scott Seitz2
May 31, 2014


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.


swiss family

how does this work?? doesn't someone own these homes?? does the city just take possession of them and tear them down?? if you go to the Auditors site , a lot of the properties are still in someones name... hoe does this work??


??? here too!
I thought there was laws to hold the owner accountable?
Only thing i figure is past owner past on, and know known keen folk..

oh my oh my

You need to sign up for some basic refresher courses in spelling and grammar.


...okay, where 'do' we sign up, and is 'crossed' t and dotted i 101 a prerequisite?


Oh my oh my, aren't we the perfect person with such pride. We could say, "you need a basic course in etiquette' but that would make us as rude as you were in your reply to simple questions.

Since you had difficulty in understanding the previous simple questions, I suggest you refrain from attending a forum for adults.

oh my oh my

All I did was state a basic observation. Also, when communicating thru a computer it's called netiquette not etiquette.


Thank you for proving my post concerning your arrogance.


Think of something better to do with 45,000.


...oh my oh my wants to build a grammar school...

oh my oh my


Dr. Information

Run down homes create such a negative vibe for that local area. I think its a good idea to tear them down.


How can the city tare them down? Doesn't someone own them? make them pay or have it fixed. Are the owners behind on taxes?

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Direct from the funding grant application;
"Acquisition of blighted residential property is anticipated through the tax-delinquent foreclosure process, nuisance abatement, condemnation, consent, and by other voluntary means of purchase. Moving Ohio Forward grant funds may not be used to purchase

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Am I the only one that thinks $7,500 per house demolition seems too low?

I thought you needed to test for asbestos. Then the man power (I'm assuming it will only be city workers), dumping the rubble. I know shingles can't be dumped at a regular landfill. Costs for running machinery.

I may be wrong, it won't be the first time.

Really are you ...

Money funded through the, "Moving Ohio Forward and Neighborhood Stabilization," program. This program says it all. How can you move Ohio forward tearing it down one house at a time? That is as bad as Kasich's "Ohio Means Jobs." Not around here. "Norwalk" has been losing money by not replacing lost factory jobs as a means of collecting taxes. City of Norwalk will have to maintain these vacant lots now. There was just an article on tall grass. No property taxes collected on the properties. How do these programs benefit anybody? These programs benefit ODJFS, and potential land developers. Land developers like landlords, not someone who going to build and stay, not many can afford that. Turn that land into parks? Park and Rec would pay for that not the City. Norwalk could turn into a tent city backed by Wal Mart soon.

swiss family

what do you suggest?????

Really are you ...

I have not visited the mayors home page in a long while. Norwalks mayor prior to Mr. Duncan had a plan on how to move forward. It wasn't a wish list, but quite a few local businessmen drew up this plan. I believe it was titled "Restarting Our Engines," or something like that. I am sure it didn't say, "just let them go." There is a lot of things that need to change.

swiss family

sounds like you might not be a big fan of Mayor Duncan if I am reading that correctly???

Really are you ...

I have spoken with Mayor Duncan in the past. He is a good person. Why throw all the blame on Mr. Duncan? He is one person. We are residents of Norwalk, in the County of Huron, in the State of Ohio, that is a part of The United States of America. Nowhere did I see China, Mexico, tax breaks, or throwing in the towel.

As responsible citizens of Norwalk, Ohio we need a plan B. A plan that will make Norwalk, Ohio boom with family wage jobs again. How do we do this with factories leaving? Create and innovate. I thought our state slogan was "Ohio. The Heart of It All," not "Ohio. Heartless."

An over abundance of family wage jobs will bring people. People will need a place to stay. With people making a decent wage, some people will buy houses. With good wages, and retirement packages they may be able to keep their houses from falling into the " blighted" houses this grant money is being used to tear down.

Really are you ...

An article in the Sandusky Register, June 1, 2014, 8:00am. "States move to blunt Obama carbon plan." Even though here we do not rely on coal fired electrical power generating plants, somehow we will be affected by this new carbon tax. Here is a good example of the need to innovate and create jobs in Norwalk, Ohio.

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Other Ohio cities has done a similar program and resold the lots for a slight profit, but below market value to increase the interest in purchase, with a stipulation that a new house had to be constructed within a specified time.


In Detroit the city is giving the properties to the adjoining neighbors, this way its off their books and they hope to receive some taxation from land value. They believe much of Detroit will return to farmland. If you Google Urban Farming for videos you will get sick to see what happened to that once prominent city.

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There is also a section of this fund that allows the owner to retain the property with their approval to demo the house, with the cost being placed as a lien on the property, an empty lot is better than some of these shacks for the neighborhood.

swiss family

but if they retain the property, how will they maintain it?? they obviously couldn't before??and now they have land, with no home on it to live?? what are they going to do?? put a trailer on it?? a tent??I don't understand the logic i guess??

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Selling the lot, which considering the poor condition of the house might make it more marketable. Wouldn't be the first time that the lot has more value without the house than with. "I don't understand the logic i guess??" What a surprise!

swiss family

I am sorry I was trying to be polite and nice... when I said I did not understand the logic of having the owner of the property still have not only control but responsibility of the property, which they of course they. OBVIOUSLY COULD NOT TAKE CARE OF OR KEEP UP WITH, and now you think that magically they will make an effort to take care of n empty lot that they do not even live on..... I must say , that is one of the dumbest ideas I have ever read on these blogs!!!you might have actually won a stupid award , check with Joe, it is either you or Cliff.. I am not sure..

Do you see the lack of care, the lack of pride they take with the property?? do you really think they will come along every week to mow the grass on the empty lot?? you are such a dreamer..Please explain to me your logic on people taking care of property that they do not live on or do business on... we could sure go through a long list of properties here in town that were and are in deplorable conditions because the owners are difficult to get a hold of because they do not live near hear anymore... does the Eagle gas station property ring a bell?? how about the elevator??and there are many more , but with all of your great wisdom I surely do not have to point them all out to you..

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swissey with you vast knowledge and wealth, why don't you purchase them and redevelopment them. Maybe you could put up one of your famous private jails that you once touted using prisoner labor another of your brainstorms. Sorry I will refrain from confusing you with facts and logic in the future.


I'd like to tear down most of the houses in my neighborhood. There is no pride in ownership anymore. Why buy a house and pay a mortgage if you are not going to take care of it and trash your yard. I couldn't sell my house if i tried right now. They would take one look at the neighbor's yards and run.


I was always taught that a "good neighbor" keeps his nose out of other folks yards and concentrates on his own yard. Yet in every neighborhood there is always at least one who constantly doesn't mind his own business. I suspect that if you wanted to sell your house your neighbors would canvass the county to help find a buyer.

swiss family

you have a city council person, they have a phone number.. I would suggest you make as many calls as it takes, and even apologize to them saying "I am sorry I know I am going to be a pain in your butt, but this is my property, you are my council person, and I am willing to fight for what is right.. good luck