News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Akron General

Hospice of the Western Reserve


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Government and Politics


Cleveland City Council approves plan to contribute $50,000 to a housing study
Council will help pay for research to prove that demolishing vacant houses reduces local foreclosure rates
by WKSU's AMY COOKNICK


Reporter
Amy Cooknick
 
In The Region:

Cleveland City Council has agreed to contribute $50,000 toward a study on foreclosures, demolitions and neighborhoods, about a third of the total cost.

The study will look at the relationship between rates of foreclosure in certain neighborhoods and the number of vacant properties in those neighborhoods, and the city hopes to use it to bolster its case to the feds to fund more demolitions.

Jim Rokakis is vice president of Western Reserve Land Conservancy and headed up creation of Cuyahoga County's Land Bank. He says Cleveland can't afford all the demolition work it needs on its own.

"We have about $100 million worth of abandoned properties that need to come down in Ohio alone and there's no money to take these down," Rokakis says. "If we don't take these down, they're only going to make neighborhoods weaker." 

Before coming up with more money, the feds have said they need more evidence that demolishing properties will help keep homes in the surrounding neighborhood from also falling into foreclosure. 

Some council members say they would prefer to restore the old homes rather than demolish them, but Rokakis says that’s simply not cost-effective.

Rokakis says a study like this is needed to gain financial support from feds for demolition and neighborhood revitalization. He also says the study will help Cleveland City Council decide the best way to handle the abandoned properties. 

The study is expected to conclude in the fall.
Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

Letters from a lost friend: A Beachwood survivor's Holocaust remembrance
What a great story -- and how important it was for both Marlene and her mother to tell it! Thank you.

Akron city council to vote on resolution for hiring ex-offenders
Great as a taxpayer I paid for the police to catch them, the free lawyer, the jail to house them , the food their kids eat the medical for them and all its goin...

5 of 8 rule headed for a vote
this is just another way for kasich to pass the buck and claim that it gives the local districts control. Few schools have enough money because of his cuts. T...

Bill would allow Ohio religious leaders to refuse to do gay marriages
This is just a lot of political posturing. The free exercise clause of the 1st Amendment already protects clergy from being forced by civil authorities to perfo...

Ohio lawmakers want to eliminate background checks, training to carry guns
On the face of this report I don't find the name of the bill or who sponsered it. I will have to google a general bill with this as its content to address it. N...

Ohio lawmaker calls for an investigation into a Dayton women's prison
I was an inmate at DCI and I am so happy that it's being investigated. The staff behavior there is awful unless he/she is your lover. There are more drugs insid...

Ohio's disabled face long waiting list for services
Can we use the Tribble on Disability Care? if so can you send the link to http://voice4thevoiceless.us thank you, Mark J Cleland Sr voice4thevoiceless.us

Treasures rescued from Cleveland's closed Catholic churches
This was found to be a real gift today Good Friday Bless you for your work

Akron mayor says he had reason to fear an "enraged" councilmember
At least we know that York is out sick. Where in the World is Carmen Plusquellic today?

Copyright © 2015 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University