Butler County Ohio Real Estate's Face-lift
The cities of Middletown and Hamilton Ohio are working on some additional improvements to their respective cities in the form of improving some of their blighted neighborhoods. The Butler County land bank just announced the receipt of $2,000,000 to be used for purchasing and demolishing another 200 blighted properties, approximately 100 houses in each city.
Butler County’s land bank has also received $1.1 million from each of the cities as well. Some of the funds are being siphoned from late payment penalties of real estate taxes. The bulk of the money is being received from the Ohio Housing Finance Agency or OHFA for short.
According to Middletown City Manager, Doug Adkins, the land bank has been nothing short of a stunning success for Middletown. The city had already demolished 300 blighted and abandoned homes previously. This is great news for the area. This means less abandoned houses for squatters as well as less available spaces for drug dealers/users and various other sorts of crime associated with abandoned buildings.
Vacant homes can also be very dangerous. Many of them are near the point of collapse due to the lack of repairs and maintenance. Children are often found rummaging through the empty houses playing as children often do. This too can be dangerous! They could fall through the floor or equally as dangerous, be abducted or accosted by any of the vagrants inside.
There is no doubt in my mind the neighbors of the houses that are being demolished are ecstatic about the eye sores being removed. Not to mention, the probability of less rodents, over-grown yards and so much more! Some of the information above was extracted from a recent article in the Journal-News newspaper.
Middletown and Hamilton do have some awesome neighborhoods and exciting housing. Both of these cities have some great developments and seem to be headed in the right direction. My point isn't how bad these areas, but rather how they are improving. Regardless, you may like some of the homes for sale in these neighborhoods ranging from $100k - $500k.
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The city of Dayton has also been busy removing some of its blighted homes through similar programs. My business partner, Greg Hancock wrote his own article outlining his thoughts on the Dayton project.
On a separate note, but still related to improvements for the cities of Middletown and Hamilton Ohio, I’d like to point out a few more observations of my own.
I find it very sad and sickening when hearing about and reading about the huge rise in heroin abuse. Several of my friends have told me about some staggering, upsetting statistics surrounding heroin overdoses in our area.
Middletown and Hamilton are most commonly brought up in conversations when speaking about drug use and abuse. Perhaps it is because they are the 2 of the largest cities in the Butler County region?
I have friends in law enforcement and some who are paramedics and share some of their own stories with me.
Apparently, heroin has become the drug of choice for so many people due to the low cost to purchase it. Recently, a police officer told me that heroin is cheaper to buy than marijuana which is one of the biggest reasons for its rise to stardom for so many.
According to some of my friends, it is not uncommon for our local paramedics to make numerous emergency runs daily that are a direct result of heroin overdoses. Wow! This is most upsetting to me!
I have 2 very young grandsons and it scares the life out of me to think of the risks for them growing up in communities that are comprised of heroin and drug use. They do not reside in either Hamilton or Middletown, but they do live nearby.
What are the schools doing to help prevent the further escalation of drug use? What are the cities doing to help as well? What are the citizens doing or what can they do?
Butler County Sheriff, Richard K. Jones is not sitting by idly and has been busy on a campaign of his own. When driving through Hamilton, one might notice the huge billboards that say, “Too Many Deaths, Report Heroin, Tip Anonymously” “Text “COPS” and your tip to: 274637 (crimes) or call: 513-887-3029”
This same ad is being ran in the Journal-News almost daily.
I find it very disturbing that heroin use has become so bad that it has come down to the need to advertise on public billboards and local newspapers to help rid some of it.
On the flip side, I would much rather see it being advertised than to be swept under the rug like the problem didn’t exist at all and I applaud the Butler County Ohio Sheriff’s department for getting the word out there!
As with any city, you have the good, the bad and the ugly. There is not one city in this country that does not have its own share of problems and abuses. At least Hamilton and Middletown are taking several different steps to help improve their local reputations and appearances as well as getting rid of some of their problems!