Blight is a huge issue throughout Ohio, but Youngstown seems to have seem a disproportionate amount of it. The Spot Blight program is a new initiative between the city and Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation.
Too many properties have been left to neglect, but this program allows the city to step in and address these issues with the property owner, many of whom live out of state.
“Some of the census tracks a quarter of the parcels owned are by out of town owners and investors,” Beniston said. Read and watch for more from WKBN 27.