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CDBG Razing List Has 20 Sites

Several have been on the city’s demolition roster for many years

June 12, 2013

WHEELING — There are 20 buildings on Wheeling’s list of structures to be demolished using federal Community Development Block Grant money, half of which have been under raze orders for three years o......

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Jun-13-13 11:28 PM

Many cities use the Block Grant money in venture funds to foster new business starts and jobs so as to curtail blight. Wheeling choses not to do this. Accordingly the decline marches on.

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Jun-13-13 11:33 AM

If the CDBG would supply the material to rehabit and the schools would use the house as a traing center for trades it would be a win win situation with the sale being a plus instead of a empty lot.

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Jun-13-13 8:33 AM

While it is easy and fun to criticize the demolition the fact is that the buildings are vacant and falling in. No one is going to spend tons of money to redo the homes, it makes no sense to do that. So what is the real choice, wring hands and complain or do something. So what do you do with the house in the picture? Just let it stand there til it falls in? Or knock it down. No one can build anything so long as these structures are standing there. I often look at some of the great old homes rotting away there and feel bad but its not a neighborhood anymore. Time and DHHR rent subsidy policies doomed that neighborhood and created a blighted area. Nothing will change there until something new happens and not gov housing. We need apts for people who produce, not hamster cages with a working mailbox for income. What happened to E. Whg from blight to drugs/violence is the product of goofy social engineering. Need a new start in that part of town. Knock them all down.

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Jun-13-13 1:41 AM

This is a very sad commentary on Wheeling. Most Cities use the money for growth opportunities and job creation.

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Jun-12-13 11:00 PM

Demolition is viewed as "progress"/"development" in Wheeling. So this is progress right?

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Jun-12-13 11:00 PM

Demolition is viewed as "progress"/"development" in Wheeling. So this is progress right?

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Jun-12-13 9:42 AM

That house photo which appears with this article; in some other areas of the country, some places not that far from Wheeling, in the same time zone--that house would be on the short list for someone with the skills to restore/rennovate; historic homes gaining a new life and a new family for the 21St Century. But not in Wheeling nor in so many other areas of neighboring Ohio where the passion seems to be for safe, one story, non descript ranch style homes; as anonymous as those neighborhoods where people live but few residents are actually neighbors.

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Jun-12-13 7:25 AM

A public service by this newspaper would be to daily publish a picture of one of the condemned structures along with the last known owner of record.

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Jun-12-13 6:12 AM

Sure glad natural gas is saving the valley . . . .

. . . . .{crickets} . . . . . .

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Jun-12-13 4:20 AM

Just do the whole Island and cut the crime rate in half.

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