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Multiple homes may be demolished in Franklinton, neighbors want boarded up homes gone

Trash, rodents, and busted windows are all on the list of things some neighbors want to go, along with a boarded-up home on North Yale Avenue in Franklinton. (WSYX/WTTE)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- Trash, rodents, and busted windows are all on the list of things some neighbors want to go, along with a boarded-up home on North Yale Avenue in Franklinton.

"They dump trash behind it," said neighbor Donald Wimms. "There is always trash. I am always calling the city."

He said houses like this make it hard for other homeowners to make good choices.

"There are lots of growing pains because I mean, what do you do with gentrification where you are paying $200,000 for a house and your neighbor's house is only worth $5,000?" he said.

The Franklinton Area Commission took on that house and six others at their monthly meeting Tuesday night, sorting through requests to have the properties demolished.

"We do have the authority to object to them and make them wait the entire 60-day waiting period," said a commission member.

Some are owned by private people, others are county land bank properties.

"This is a bigger volume in a shorter period of time than I have ever seen," said another.

The commission approved demolition for six of them, a member plans to look into a home at 50 Stevens Avenue in more detail.

"They said they would rather see it rehabbed than torn down," said that member.

Kelly Sturms and her niece live on Stevens Avenue near another boarded-up home that was given the green light for demolition.

"In the summertime, you will see people go in and out of them, you know just using them as a flop house."

She said homes like that have to go, as long as something good goes in its place.

"This is a good start right here," said Sturms.

At the meeting, members of the commission said recommendations will be sent to the city.

The houses the commission approved for demolition include:

  • 65 North Yale Avenue
  • 255 Dana Avenue
  • 181 Stevens Avenue
  • 90 Rodgers Avenue
  • 158 N Guilford Avenue
  • 21 Dana Avenue


One house was tabled for discussion until the next meeting.

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