Cincinnati Council Member P.G. Sittenfeld is continuing his push to fight blight in the city's neighborhoods. He held a press conference Tuesday morning to discuss his latest plan.“The Restoring Our Communities Initiative is aimed entirely at combating blight, improving safety and bolstering property values in our neighborhoods,” Sittenfeld said.
Cincinnati will be speeding up the demolition of condemned buildings within 1,000 feet of schools or areas with a large number of families with children. Council Member P.G. Sittenfeld has been working with officials to make the change. He said in the past the city has demolished about 40 to 60 structures a year.
A statewide plan to revive struggling communities is kicking off in Cincinnati. "Moving Ohio Forward Demolition Program" uses national mortgage settlement funds to tear down blighted properties.
The first houses are coming down in East Price Hill.
Ken Smith with the community development organization Price Hill Will is excited about the redevelopment opportunities and other possible land uses.