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Three Columbus properties before blight panel

Columbus Township officials are combating blight.

Three properties, all from Columbus, were before the Blighted Property Review Committee for the first time on Thursday.

“They came into the program a couple years ago,” County Planner Dan Glotz said, but “never took advantage of the program until recently.”

“It’s great that they’ve reached out and engaged with this,” County Commissioner Jeff Eggleston said.

The three properties are located at 16 Main St., 43890 US 6 and 34 E. Main St.

The 16 E. Main property is the site of the former library and Glotz said the county has received calls about its condition.

He said he is in contact with the owner who plans to redevelop the site and anticipates the structure to be demolished in the coming weeks.

The house on the US 6 property, the committee discussed, appeared to have been jacked up, potentially for a basement, but appeared to have collapsed.

“It’s down but it’s not cleaned up yet,” Glotz said.

“It’s pretty much the definition of blighted, I think,” Eggleston added.

On 34 E. Main St., Glotz said the “conditions speak for themselves” and that the “pictures make it look better than it really is,” citing its dilapidated condition, the presence of vermin and disconnected utilities.

The committee decided to formally invite each other to the February meeting to discuss the condition and plans of each property.

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